How to Set Water Monitoring Goals
The first step in developing a water monitoring strategy is to set water monitoring goals and determine the level of water monitoring required to achieve them. Once these goals are set, metering requirements and locations can be determined.
Monitor for Regulatory Compliance
At minimum, wineries should actively monitor total water consumption to understand how much water the winery is using for any regulatory compliance and reporting requirements such as data on peak daily water consumption. This can be accomplished by collecting data from water bills or by reading the municipal water meter on a monthly or weekly basis, or more frequently during periods of high water use.
Wineries that obtain water from a well can monitor total water consumption by installing a meter where the water supply enters the building. Wineries that truck in their water can use receipts from the water supplier.
Evaluate Performance and Plan for Growth
Wineries that want to track their efficiency and use water data to better plan for growth can monitor how much water is used in different operations. This can be accomplished by installing meters that, in combination with total water consumption monitoring, directly or indirectly either measure water use in each operation.
Identify Opportunities for Improvement
Wineries that want to use water data to identify opportunities to improve operations and water efficiency can monitor water use at the activity level. This can be accomplished by installing point-of-use meters and tracking how much water is used for specific activities.