Using Water Data to Plan for Growth
Water data, and KPIs in particular, can be used to estimate future water demands as wineries grow. When integrated into growth plans, this information can help wineries avoid unexpected problems or additional costs by:
- Estimating future water service costs
- Planning for wastewater system upgrades
- Evaluating potential of wells to meet future water demand
- Providing information to support regulatory compliance
Example: Wastewater System Planning
An Ontario winery was concerned about the ability of its wastewater system to handle additional volume as the winery grows.
By monitoring water use, the winery determined that its peak daily wastewater generation is approximately 1/35th of its total wine production.
The winery’s current wastewater treatment system is sized for 15,000 litres/day.
Based on this data and projections of production growth, the winery will need to either upgrade its system, or reduce its peak wastewater generation per litre of wine produced, within the next 6 years to remain in compliance.
Example: Water Supply Planning
An Ontario winery is planning a significant growth in hospitality from tour buses, primarily during August when its well levels are lowest.
By conducting a well pump test in August, the winery determined that its well, which supplies water for both production and hospitality, can maintain a pump rate of 5 litres per minute over a 24-hour period. This corresponds to a maximum supply of 7,200 litres per day.
Through water monitoring, the winery has developed the following KPIs:
- Peak daily production water use during August: 1/85th of production volume
- Water use per tasting room visitor: 7 litres per visitor
Based on estimates of production and hospitality growth, the winery will experience water supply risks within the next 8 years. In order to support its projected growth, the winery will need to either become more water efficient, begin trucking in water, or put in place rainwater harvesting or greywater recycling.