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We provide CAD drawings, Certifications, 3-party testing data, Data from various projects & applications with a wide variety of influent characteristics 3rd party, independent studies with rigorous testing protocols demonstrates the capabilities of proven, advanced technologies, 2nd party data taken by licensed and/or certified technicians for jurisdictional regulatory compliance.

The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) “Passport to Innovation” Program is a multi-pronged initiative undertaken by WE&RF and WEF to help bring new water technology to the field quickly and efficiently. Overall, LIFT includes the following components:

  • Technology Evaluations
  • People and Policy
  • Training, education, & outreach (WEF Lead)
  • Informal Forum for R&D

BIOBARRIER® | Sustainable Water Engineering for Wastewater Our BioBarrier® HSMBR® System part in Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) 2017 & 2016 LIFT’s “Passport to Innovation” Program, Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) – a growing collection of vetted, innovative technologies that will drastically improve wastewater treatment operations.

Dramatically simplifying the settling, screening, aeration and ultrafiltration of the treatment process to remove 99.9% of the contaminants, the BioBarrier® MBR & HSMBR®, from 500 to 100,000+ GPD flows, meet water quality requirements that can be used for restricted indoor water use and/or unrestricted outdoor water use. Installed in locally-sourced, above- or below-grade tanks, this total wastewater treatment system is certified to establish the material, design construction and performance for onsite residential and commercial properties. Ideal for small lots, waterfront properties, AG/wineries, and water recycling applications.

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What is your technology?
The technology is the membrane bioreactor (MBR) which utilizes activated sludge biological process in combination with the submerged membrane filtration system. Our technology, HSMBR BioBarrier®by Bio-Microbics, Inc., is designed specifically for decentralized wastewater applications.

Flow chart of a HSMBR BioBarrier® system.

BioBarrier® modules installed in treatment tank.

What are the benefits to implementing your technology?
In addition to generally recognized benefits of the MBR technology such as: excellent and consistent effluent quality for water reuse applications, robust biological process for handling various types of wastewaters, and optimum process for nutrients removal; the HSMBR BioBarrier® system provides a simple and cost-effective advance biological treatment system for the decentralized market.

Has the technology been tested, demonstrated, or implemented anywhere to date?
The HSMBR BioBarrier® system has been in use for over eight years. There are more than 30 installations in the U.S. and other countries treating various wastewater sources from onsite facilities.

What are some of the next steps needed to advance the technology?
Better recognition of the technology by engineers and end users.

How has LIFT helped, or how can LIFT help?
The recognition that LIFT can give our technology will be helpful.

For more information, contact Reza Shams, Ph.D.,
Vice President, Advanced Process Technology, Bio-Microbics, Inc.

Effective and sustainable water and wastewater management from start to finish.


How to properly treat and dispose of wastewater is an issue for any production facility. This includes Ontario’s wineries, which face some added challenges: many of their operations are small and the bulk of their wastewater is produced during harvest season. Many of our wineries vary in size and age of facilities. Winery waste generally includes wash water from the winemaking process, as well as leftover grape skins and stems. Proper treatment and disposal can be costly for wineries and there are very strict regulations that must be followed.

A Bio-Microbics Distributor is your septic, grease, and drain service expert for the total water management for the property. We are committed to extending the life of your septic system while protecting your health and the health of your property and environment.

With a Bio-Microbics Distributor, we aim to make wastewater system maintenance simple and hassle-free. Our highly trained winery wastewater experts and environmental technicians go above and beyond to ensure that you are properly educated about our recommendations for the system, including any necessary repairs, servicing needs, and other requirements in compliance with state and federal mandates.

By making sure your system is designed for your site, application, and water management goals, we provide you with the ideal, high-performing, and lowest cost option that is simple and robust; together we help keep our environment safe and clean.


What is the vision of a sustainable site?

What influences the concentration of DO in a water sample?

What Information are you interested in?

  • Minimizing impacts to the environment by designing more efficient and healthier facilities
  • Investing in the needs of the property, workforce, and renewables for the environment
  • Protects the environment from pollutants, ingredients, and human activities for the future generations
  • Sources builds, and operates responsibly, without compromise whiling reducing energy use and emissions
  • Uses natural resources in an efficient manner and strives to eliminate waste
  • Helping our customers reduce their environmental footprint
  • Temperature: As warmer water holds less oxygen; with increased temperatures, DO (Dissolved Oxygen) decreases.
  • Salinity: As water gets saltier, it holds less oxygen; with water salinity increases, DO decreases.
  • Atmospheric Pressure: As pressure increases, DO also increases.
  • Management Profile: Identifying key performance indicators/goals, managing data and benchmarking progress toward goals, including water usage, wastewater effluent trends, regulatory drivers, examples of non-regulatory drivers, risks, and opportunities for cost savings.
  • Integrated Water Resources Managment (IWRM): Guidance on best practices to reduce water usage and wastewater generation.
  • Onsite Wastewater Treatment: An overview for on-site wastewater treatment technologies.
  • Case studies: Selected examples which provide more details of water and wastewater solutions.

Wastewater Management Guidance Manual:

  • “As a general rule of thumb, the justification of on-site biological wastewater pretreatment has historically not been economically or technologically justified for breweries under approximately 250,000 bbls packaged per year. Of course, there are always unique situations and exceptions to this rule of thumb.”
  • “Many smaller breweries, especially those under 100,000 bbls packaged per year are facing wastewater disposal decisions that warrant a closer look at on-site pretreatment. Wastewater treatment companies are beginning to enter this smaller market with new and innovative technologies. They are advertising a small footprint, simple plug and play installation that can be economically justified.”Brewers Association

Why is Advanced Aerobic Wastewater Treatment Important?

Brewery wastewater is often primarily regulated by a defined set of analytical parameters, such as Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Total Suspended Solids (TSS), and pH.

The organic content of wastewater is expressed and measured as BOD. BOD5 is the amount of dissolved oxygen needed by aerobic biological organisms to break down organic material present in a given water sample. The oxygen content is measured when the test starts, and again at the end of five days. The difference in the oxygen content on the first day and on the last day is used to calculate the BOD5 of the wastewater.

BOD is an important wastewater pollutant and causes a decline in DO (Dissolved Oxygen). Because of that, it can severely impact aquatic ecosystems. When wastewater with a high BOD is released into surface waters, it can quickly cause a hypoxic (low in DO) or anoxic (lacking DO) condition. This can lead to high rates of mortality among fish and benthic organisms. Anoxic water can also lead to the production of sulfide and methane, which causes various other risks.

The amount of dissolved oxygen in water is an important indicator of the life-supporting ability of a river or stream. Ecosystems are dependent upon adequate dissolved oxygen to remain healthy and productive. The testing of dissolved oxygen is often performed by a government agency.


All Winery Wastewater Treatment in One System

Featured Articles | Water & Wastewater Solutions

Wineries facing the dilemma of processing both their wine-making process wastewater and their sanitary wastewater—in a manner that is cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and regulatory-compliant—now have a single solution to turn to. BioBarrier® HSMBR® (High Strength Membrane Bioreactor) Wastewater Treatment System are designed to treat winery process wastewater exclusively or in combination with sanitary wastewater from the winery’s tasting rooms, hospitality facilities—up to and including from kitchens, sinks, and toilets wastewater—all in one single treatment system with effluent exceeding typical local regulatory requirements. Thus, BioBarrier® HSMBR provides a sustainable, water-recycling winery wastewater treatment system based on the FITT®-for-Purpose Approach.  [Click Here for more]

Oct 2011 | San Francisco Gate | WINEMAKING

Winery wastewater becomes fruit of their labor

– “Conserve water, drink wine,” quips a common bumper sticker. If only that were true. Making a gallon of California wine, by various estimates, requires anywhere from a few dozen gallons of water to a few hundred. Most of that water goes toward irrigation. But some goes to the winery itself and comes out as waste. On average, wineries create 6 gallons of wastewater for every gallon of wine, which means that in 2010, the California wine industry produced enough to drown Golden Gate Park in more than 8 feet of runoff. About one-fourth of the industry’s waste is produced at this time of year, during harvest…

Original posting:

BioMicrobics BioBarrier MBR Winery Wastewater Treatment
By Sheldon Sapoznik, REHS

Complexity is a term often used in tasting rooms to describe a fine wine, although little thought and understanding is given to the complexity of treating winery wastewater. It is vital to understand not only the nature of winery wastewater, but the by-products produced during the wine making process, such as juice acidity, lees, and cleaning agents that dictate the various constituents and concentrations encountered. Beyond the romanticized season of harvest and the demands created by crush, other activities that generate wastewater throughout the year include barrel washing, fermentation tank washing, and equipment cleaning from racking and bottling operations.

Unlike residential wastewater, winery wastewater usually does not contain pathogenic bacteria in the waste stream; however, Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) are found in significantly higher concentrations. In fact, BOD and TSS concentrations can be forty times as high as household wastewater with 12,000 mg/L BOD and 6,000 mg/L TSS typical during harvest activities. At other times of the year, the various winemaking activities create fluctuating flows, which create system over-capacity concerns. The need for versatility in design and operation is key in selecting a winery wastewater treatment system.

There are several factors to consider in all winery wastewater treatment system projects. Determining the actual wastewater flows during crush (the highest wastewater generating operation at a winery) can be challenging. These flows are based on industry experience, regulatory agency calculations, as well as input and data from the winery itself. Misjudging the maximum design flow and pollutant concentrations can be devastating to a winery treatment system. However, oversizing a system can equally create functional problems and add unnecessary cost. A winery wastewater treatment system should have the flexibility to handle the high and low flows and loads. Most successful winery wastewater treatment systems include proper primary screening, a robust active aeration system followed by a clarifier, or membrane barrier to separate the treated effluent from the biological process. Additional key considerations include proper sizing and material selection of the treatment tanks to provide required biological retention time, surge capacity and sludge storage capability.

The Bio-Microbics BioBarrier HSMBR winery wastewater treatment system takes the complexity out of treating winery wastewater with its simple, award-winning design and fully certified treatment process. Utilizing superior aeration capabilities in conjunction with durable flat sheet membrane technology, the modular and scalable design provides flexibility to wineries, ensuring optimum treatment throughout the year and lower operating costs. These proprietary units assure all effluent passes through the membrane making it virtually impossible to bypass the treatment process along with providing microfiltration and ultrafiltration resulting in consistent high quality effluent ready for water reuse.

Introduced to the Northern California wine region of Napa/Sonoma County in 2013, the BioBarrier HSMBR winery wastewater treatment system’s recent installations have generated tremendous optimism and interest due to its treatment capabilities, ease of installation, and low operating costs. As the Pacific Northwest Wine Region continues to address winery wastewater concerns, the BioBarrier HSMBR system will surely be a solution to provide vital water reuse opportunities such as quality irrigation water for vineyards, recycled water for dust control, processing area wash-down water, or just highly treated effluent for disposal where untreated or poorly treated winery wastewater threatens vital habitats or groundwater resources.

Author Bio: Sheldon Sapoznik, REHS is the Owner of Wine to Water Sales Group. He is the Winery Wastewater Consultant and authorized sales representative for the Bio-Microbics BioBarrier HSMBR Winery Wastewater Treatment Systems. With his 20 years’ experience in winery wastewater treatment as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist for Napa County, California, Mr. Sapoznik left the public section to help promote and expand the use of Membrane BioReactor technology for winery wastewater filtration.

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