Wineries Did you know?.. A winery produces 43 -to-61 litres of wastewater for each case of wine produced. Another Australian project is investigating ways of using winery wastewater for vine irrigation. It is estimated that every ten millilitres of wastewater recycled for irrigating vines yields an extra gross income of from $20,000 to $50,000 per year.  Water reuse is a huge part of the Winery sustainable program. Many wineries use treated wastewater to irrigate vineyards or landscaping, or may use it for frost protection, fire protection, or dust abatement.

Each winery generates wastewater that is unique in terms of composition, volume and seasonal variations. Treatment technologies range from aeration, settling ponds or wetlands, discharge to sewer systems, or even trucking wastewater offsite.

During harvest and peak production times, wine-makers can struggle with limited or inefficient wastewater treatment, land for dispersal, odor issues from storage ponds, high surcharges or expensive hauling fees, along with other environmental and pollution issues. Reducing BOD & COD in wastewater prior to discharge can help a winery simplify the management of its wastewater and deliver savings on disposal costs while maintaining regulatory compliance.

 If your key drivers in choosing a wastewater treatment system are:

  • Minimizing capital and operating costs
  • Simple and easy to run plant with low maintenance
  • Robust system that is resilient to load variations.
  • Quick restart after extended/seasonal process shut-down, with fast biomass regrowth (often within 24-48 hours)
  • A biological, natural systems that is chemical-free