The Importance of Wastewater Sanitation for Microbreweries

Brewing Your Own Beer

Water quality matters. In fact, it matters more than that; water is essential to our health and well-being, and is one of the first steps we can take to bettering the environment, bettering the world around us. Of course environmental concerns comes first in terms of water quality and our health is intertwined with that, but water quality is an important part of certain businesses so much so that if the water quality is bad or improperly managed, that business can sink rather quickly. One such industry that is quickly rising in prominence is microbreweries. In some cities around the country, it seems a new microbrewery is popping up every week or so. It is that booming. Did you know that the glue that holds many of these microbreweries together is water quality?

According to Keith Gribbins of Craft Brewing Business, “Water quality is at the forefront of brewing. Not only do craft brewers use water to make their delicious beer products (in millions of barrels per year), but the sanitation of wastewater effluent is an enormous part of the environmentally conscious brewing business.”

Yes, out of all the rising industries in the world, microbreweries are the most environmentally conscious, but there still major areas that can be improved, with still many small breweries not monitoring their wastewater going down the drain. In other words, there are no treatment programs in place and there is no pre-treatment of the wastewater going down the drain. Although some microbreweries feign ignorance, the industry as a whole is aware of the sanitation of wastewater problem understanding the connection between it and large-scale business success. Vinnie Cilurzo, brewmaster at Russian River Brewing Co., says, “From an operational standpoint, it, along with a handful of other pieces of equipment, is the first thing I check in the morning. If your wastewater is not operable, your brewery is not operational.”

Those are some strong words. It seems then that wastewater is the lifeblood of the microbrewery business affecting the surrounding community and world at large. If the wastewater sanitation equipment is not adequate or somehow not operational, the brewery will quickly collapse under the weight of poor water quality not to mention negatively affecting human and environmental health.

At Dewco Pumps, most of our products are designed to be used in the water/wastewater arena and can help keep your microbrewery not only operational but also successful. Contact us today to see how we can help you and your business out.

Maintaining Water Quality in the Rocky Mountain Region

Rocky Mountains on a Clear Day

We are DEWCO, welcome to our new blog! Before we get into a little of what we do, let us first talk about water.

Although water is so essential for life and that it is almost everywhere we look, including oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, streams, and more, we do not think about it all that much. We are so used to it being around that we never really question its availability or quality. That ingrained lack of awareness, however, might be changing, in large part due to the California drought – and how the media is covering it.

Let us just look, for example, at this Mercury News article. Paul Rogers writes, “Hope to hose down your driveway one day? It might never happen again. Even when California’s historic drought finally ends, many of the water conservation rules put in place this year to cope with the emergency may be here to stay.”

Long story short, because of the drought, Californians and America as a whole are more conscious of water conservation. We think about water more. In other words, we are now reevaluating how we live our day-to-day lives, if we are wasting anything. This reevaluation also deals with the quality of water. That is just one of our jobs at DEWCO as we proudly serve the fluid control needs of the Rocky Mountain Region, which we have been doing since 1974.

Simply put, we are a distributer of controlled fluid control products like metering pumps and ball valves, and we support many different industries, including oil and gas, power, chemical, water treatment, wastewater treatment, automation, HVAC, cooling towers, boilers, mining, manufacturing, biotechnology, food and beverage, brewing, wineries, environmental, and much, much more.
For our first blog post, we want to focus on water quality, because from October 26-30, we had a booth at the Wyoming Water Quality & Pollution Control Association (WWQ-PCA) Annual Conference, where we were busy conferencing and conducting pump training sessions.

What is the WWQ-PCA? Well, according to the WWQ-PCA’s Facebook Page, “Wyoming Water Quality and Pollution Control Association works to design training opportunities for Wyoming water and wastewater system operators.” The WWQ-PCA is responsible for increasing the proficiency and productivity of Wyoming water and wastewater system operators. This is essential in maintaining quality water statewide and in order to educate these water workers, the WWQ-PCA relies on organizations like DEWCO to provide equipment and training sessions, and we are happy to play a role in that process.

Helping various industries maintain a high quality of water is just one of the jobs we do at DEWCO. Stay tuned with our blog, thank you for checking it out!

 

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