Sewage problem in Latrobe

September 12th, 2006 | Posted by Real Beer

The deal to keep Latrobe’s brewing plant – long the brewery for Rolling Rock – open has hit a possible snag.

City Brewing out of La Crosse, Wis., plans to make not only beer in Latrobe, but sports drinks and other beverages like Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Arizona iced tea, drinks containing sugar and other additives that may be too much for some sewage treatment plants to handle.

“The proposed waste that’s coming in from the new facility is approximately five times strong than the existing waste now,” Water Authority consultant Mark Gera told ThePittsburghChannel. “So for them to reach their ultimate capacity, we have to be able to provide treatment capacity for that.”

Brewing officials said the issue is not a deal-breaker.

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