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Seeking Solutions for Winery Wastewater

AAC_Seeking_Solutions_for-Winery_WastewaterHow 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.

With the help of an investment from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), the Wine Council of Ontario (WCO) has launched a project to help find solutions that will meet its members’ environmental and economic needs.

“Many of our wineries vary in size and age of facilities. Some are in converted buildings or are in rural areas without municipal sewer hook ups,” says Regina Foisey, WCO’s Marketing Project Manager. “There’s a real need for options, but we need something that can fit wineries of all sizes, from 2,000 to over 100,000 cases per year.”

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.

Phase one of the project is focused on analyzing challenges and needs across Ontario’s key wine regions – Niagara, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County – as well as emerging areas like the South Coast, Georgian Hills and Vaughan, and sharing that information with members so they are aware of what the standards and requirements are. This will be followed by identifying various practical solutions that can be implemented by wineries and sharing those results across the wine industry as part of continuous improvement.

“Awareness and knowledge transfer of our outcomes will be key. There are likely two to three different solutions that will be economically feasible for wineries,” explains Foisey. “At the end of this project, we want to be able to have something that will let wineries make a choice that works for them, a good decision based on the space they have, their growth plans and the long-term economic benefit for their business.”

“The project will help support sustainable winemaking in Ontario through its positive environmental impacts as well as economical savings for farmers,” she adds. “We’ll be able to tell them clearly what the regulations are, how they can track their waste water and what options they have for dealing with it.”

The project will wrap up this fall and results will be shared through the Wine Council’s newsletter as well as through the final report which will be broadly distributed. WCO is also planning to hold workshops and information sessions for wineries to share and discuss the research findings.

“As an industry organization, it is extremely helpful for us to be able to offer this to our industry and we’re only able to do it because we have access to funding through CAAP,” says Foisey. “If we had to fund the entire cost ourselves, it wouldn’t be as comprehensive and broad-reaching even though we see a definite need for this work.”

Investment in this project is provided by Agriculture and AgriFood Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program. In Ontario, CAAP is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

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…

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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.

NSF logoMore than 97 percent of water on earth is salty and nearly 2 percent is locked up in snow and ice. That leaves less than 1 percent of water to grow crops, cool power plants and supply drinking and household water. Governments, NGOs, residential and commercial builders and architects are turning to onsite wastewater reuse systems as a solution to increasing water scarcity and energy costs associated with the treatment and distribution of municipal water and wastewater.

NSF/ANSI Standard 350 and 350-1 establish material, design, construction and performance requirements for onsite residential and commercial water reuse treatment systems. They also set water quality requirements for the reduction of chemical and microbiological contaminants for non-potable water use. Treated wastewater (i.e. treated effluent) can be used for restricted indoor water use, such as toilet and urinal flushing, and outdoor unrestricted water use, such as lawn irrigation.

Residential or Commercial (non-industrial) onsite graywater and blackwater treatment systems that serve single or multiple buildings within the same property Residential systems are defined as those that treat wastewater from a single residence. Commercial systems are those that treat wastewater from multi-family dwellings and from businesses such as

  • Lodging establishments
  • Business parks and campuses
  • Shopping facilities
  • Laundering facilities for hospitals, hotels, rental uniforms, etc.
  • Car wash facilities


The water reuse standards build on previous NSF onsite wastewater treatment standards. The table below compares the NSF350 standard to NSF/ANSI Standards 40 and 245, both for residential wastewater treatment applications Each subsequent standard builds on the prior one, adding additional testing requirements The NSF/ANSI 350 standards require the same testing as the prior standards, but add tests for turbidity and bacteria (e-coli):


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