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Located in the picturesque Yarra Valley, Helen’s Hill Estate, with its famous brands Helens Hill Wines and Ingram Road Wines, is a familiar name among Australian wine lovers.

In planning for increased production to keep up with ever-increasing demand, Helens Hill Wines realised its existing trickling filter system could not cope and that an upgrade was necessary.

The winemaking process generates a high-strength wastewater, requiring robust and highly-efficient treatment.

Helens Hill Estate turned to Hydroflux Industrial, Australia’s most experienced wastewater treatment company, for the design and supply of a new wastewater treatment plant.

Utilising the latest Australian technology Hydroflux supplyed their proprietary HySMART® SBR system including AEROSTRIP® Fine Bubble Diffuser technology to provide a robust yet compact, cost-effective and sustainable low energy solution for the high-strength waste.

The sustainability advantages of the Hydroflux HySMART SBR system made the choice easy for Helen’s Hill.

Hydroflux’s Victorian manager, Mitchell Hastings, said, “The HySMART system showcases the sustainability of energy efficiency in Aerobic Reactors. The HySMART SBR system uses about 40 per cent of the energy that conventional SBR systems need to treat this type of wastewater.”

The HySMART SBR is based on a modular, deployable system making it simple to install on site.

“Helen’s Hill are utilising their own contractors for installation due to the modularity of the system. The modular design means Helen’s Hill can double the plant capacity in future, simply by installing a second reactor,” Mr Hastings said.

The wastewater plant also includes an advanced control system with HyCONNECT™.

The remote access provided by HyCONNECT allows Hydroflux’s specialists and Helens Hills staff to remotely monitor the plant with minimal operator input.

Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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