Moncrieff’s Winery contacted FILTEC for an advanced water filtration system to improve its water quality for the entire wine-making process – clean water is critical for the winery to obtain the Organic Wines Certification.
The winery sourced water from the local river, then filtered it through a treatment system that consisted of bag filtration with UV disinfection. During the long, hot summer season, organic concentration in the river increased by at least double, and the existing UV system did not perform well.
Understanding Moncrieff’s issue, FILTEC worked closely with the winery to come up with a solution. Having more than ten years’ experience with the local river water and fluctuations in raw water quality, FILTEC designed a robust filtration system with membrane technology to handle high turbidity (max 200NTU).
The design consisted of two ultra filtration system trains with polypropylene (PP) modules as an alternative to the standard polyvinyl difluoride (PvDF) module. As most wineries ban chlorine in their water, using PP modules reduced the cost for the customer.
The water treatment process includes disc filtration, ultrafiltration and UV disinfection. FILTEC was involved in all aspects of the project, including minor civil works (i.e. concrete pad, shed), process design, equipment supply, installation, commissioning, training and ongoing service.
The new treatment system produces water quality that meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, meaning that Moncrieff can now reapply for the Organic Wines Certification.
FILTEC has worked with many wineries across Victoria to solve their water treatment needs, including Buller Wines.
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