It’s just about wine harvest time, and you know what that means! The time of year you’re most likely to have wastewater problems. So, to help you get through it smoothly (and odour-free) here’s a few tips.
1) Pomace Pile Placement
With all the focus on getting the juice from the grapes, it’s easy for the leftover pomace to be an afterthought. But, if handled improperly, pomace causes all kinds of nasty problems, from stinky ditches to regulatory orders. To avoid these pitfalls, make sure that your pomace is piled somewhere where runoff won’t reach any surface water. This means away from streams, ditches, or drain tiles.
2) Capture All Wash Water
With the amount of activity going on, it’s tempting to rinse off equipment wherever it might be. But keep in mind that wash water from any equipment must be captured and treated along with regular winery wastewater. This will ensure it doesn’t cause issues in nearby streams or ditches.
3) Cover Your Crush Pad
Covering your crush pad can help avoid wastewater challenges in a couple of ways. First, it will keep rainwater from entering your crush drain and overloading a wastewater system that is already dealing with a lot of wash water. Secondly, keeping your equipment in a bit of shade can keep grape residue from baking onto the equipment, resulting in easier cleaning and less water use.