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4TH ANNUAL Wastewater Seminar Topics:

Wastewater Systems, Including Bio Reactors and Ponding Systems,

EC/TDS control

BioDynamic/Organic Sustainable Farming, Turning a Liability into an Asset.

 Dear Winery Professionals:

 You and your colleagues are cordially invited to a seminar on Winery Waste Water System Management.  There will be four seminars located throughout the state for ease of attending.  Each will begin at 10:00AM and last until noon.  The exact location is dependent on the numbers who respond.  Please respond promptly to reserve a seat.  Please register online at Elutriatesystems.com, and while you are at the website check out the posted, previously published wastewater articles, and register to win a free bucket of Bugs (value $400).

             Temecula   April 18             San Luis Obispo     April 20

          Lodi   April 19                 Santa Rosa         April 21

 An overview will be presented of the different types of winery waste water systems available, required wastewater equipment and low-cost improvements to increase your current systems performance.  Effective means to increase the performance of your present system to meet the ever-decreasing discharge limits permitted by the Regional Water Quality Control Board will be discussed.  Remember, if a pond smells bad, it is not being managed correctly and is providing poor performance and making you liable for not hitting the permitted discharge limits.

 Elutriate Systems is a firm which specializes in assisting wineries with all wastewater aspects, such as engineering and design, permitting, optimization and operation of waste water systems.  The tips and guidelines for running your waste water system will be invaluable.  The nature of the talk will be very practical and contain easy to implement improvements for any winery waste water system.  Hear about their newest projects including the state of the art ponding system installed at Hahnís Estate in Soledad and the automated Bio Reactor at Deerfield winery in Kenwood

 As we all know, winery wastewater management is increasingly becoming a hot issue.  The Regional Water Quality control Board has increased its staffing levels many time over.  Now the annual reports are actually being reviewed thoroughly.  Wineries who are vulnerable are those that are not hitting the numbers dictated in the discharge permit.  Established permits are being reviewed and tighter discharge thresholds are being implemented.

 Recently a very large winery in Escalon was issued a cease and desist order by the RWQCB, which in effect mothballs the facility, even though they were doing exactly what their discharge permit allowed them to do.  It behooves everyone to become proactive about wastewater.  With the State of California being in financial straights, it is a poor time to be in a position where permit conditions are not being meet.  It could be analogous to handing the state a blank check. 

The purpose of the seminar is to present information on practical ways to improve the wineriesí waste water systems performance.  If your present system is becoming too small due to increased production, the next generation of waste water systems will also be discussed, also practical ways to increase performance will be discussed. 

 Please feel free to pass this invitation to your concerned colleagues, and bring your questions to the seminar.  It may be possible to arrange a tour of your facility for a free system review.