Why Should Wineries Investigate Alternative Water Sources?
BLOOM’s survey of the Ontario wine sector showed that less than 60% of wineries have municipal water connections while the remainder rely on wells, surface water, or trucked-in water to meet their water requirements. Trucked-in water can cost four to 10 times more than municipal water. Wineries that rely on these sources of water face additional costs and water supply risks that may limit growth.
By effectively utilizing alternative water sources, such as harvested rainwater or recycled greywater, wineries can achieve multiple benefits:
Are there applications where lower quality water can be used instead of valuable potable water?
Do I have sufficient affordable water supply to support my expansion and growth plans?
Am I incurring additional costs by allowing rainwater from my roofs to enter my stormwater or wastewater systems?