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Reducing water use at a traditional Oxfordshire brewery

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An Oxfordshire brewery with large premises worked with EiE to identify opportunities for water savings in the brewing process.

EiE identified three areas where water savings could be made:

  • cleaning
  • filling
  • metering


Large quantities of water were used in cleaning casks. The brewery reviewed nozzles, pressure levels, aim, and timing to improve the water efficiency of cleaning.

Inaccurate manual and semi-automated fill procedures at the brewery wasted large volumes of water. EiE advised on reviewing the filling procedures and identified automated processes to remove this wastage.

Sub-meters were also specified to help identify leaks within the production line. This represented a significant investment for the brewery. However, the improvements in efficiency resulted in a quick payback on investment.