Suggested Steps to Improve Winery Water Use Efficiency

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Suggested Steps to Improve Winery Water Use Efficiency

The scarcity of water is largely driven by the ever-growing population that increases demand. A recently published article, explains that the need to establish systems that manage and share water resources fairly, intelligently and carefully rests on the shoulders of the government and businesses across all industries.

Water is used in many areas of a winery and there is a lot to gain from improving winery water use efficiency. Some benefits include reducing supply, disposal and surcharge costs and lowering time and labour costs from improved cleaning procedures.

Here is an overview of the three steps that you can take to improve winery water & wastewater efficiency:

1. Assessment and Planning

Assessing winery operations will provide you with a clear understanding of your water resources, your water consumption levels and the sources that generate wastewater.

Identify each process in your winery and monitor the amount of water each process consumes. This includes the production process, facility and equipment cleaning and sanitation, laboratory testing, kitchen, tasting room and bathroom use, chillers, boilers and landscaping. This will allow you to identify the contaminants of each water source. This step also allows you to map out where each water source ends up to measure the collected wastewater. We recommend utilising WaterBank data acquisition software to undertake this, which is a Waterform developed water digitization platform.

2. Analyse Treatment Options

Part of increasing efficiency could include better treatment of wastewater to avoid potential non-compliance fines, or the adoption of alternative potable water sources. Needing to upgrade your winery wastewater lagoon performance?

We have proven solutions to retrofit lagoons to control odours and increase treatment capacities.

There are three phases of wastewater treatment. Primary treatment is a mechanical phase where solids are screened from the wastewater. The secondary treatment is either a mechanical stage using dissolved air flotation or a biological phase that uses anaerobic or aerobic biological digestion processes to further reduce solids and nutrients from wastewater. Tertiary treatment consists of both the mechanical filtration and disinfection phase to eliminate remaining suspended particles, nutrients and bacterial contamination.

Winery wastewater treatment systems like ultraBiox and ultraBalance from Waterform Technologies are innovative treatment solutions that purify wastewater and correct any water quality imbalances.

3. Establish Maintenance Plans

The time and cost efficiency of winery water rest in the winery’s consistent practice after resolving initial issues. The reducing and reusing of resources is typically adopted by any waste management project. Here’s how you can apply it to improve your winery water management efficiency:

· Reduce Water Consumption – Reducing water consumption can be as simple as rectifying leaks and controlling excessive use by replacing or repairing equipment and introducing automation.
· Reuse Water – Reduced water quality can be used for a variety of purpose in a winery. This includes cleaning of the facility and equipment. Water used to clean the tanks and cellars or used to test barrel leaks can still be used to clean the floors.

Work with the experts at Waterform and adopt your improved winery wastewater treatment system today.

Waterform Technologies is an ISO certified company specialising in water and wastewater treatments. We provide a comprehensive water solution to various industries. We are a trusted company in the food and beverage industries that continuously demand clean water.

Our services ensure that your process water is pure and balanced and your wastewater is treated for reusing and recycling. Our vision is to become the prominent design-build company that lead industries to solve clean water scarcity throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.

Looking for water or wastewater treatment systems? Get in touch with us today.