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Sustainable Management of Winery Water Guide

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http://www.wineinstitute.org/winerywaterguide

Wine Institute and the American Vineyard Foundation, in partnership with the National Grape & Wine Initiative, published a new Comprehensive Guide to Sustainable Management of Winery Water and Associated Energy.  The document gives wineries of all sizes the tools for self-assessment to make improvements in environmental performance and to lower overall production costs for water and energy use. These practices include steps to reduce source water use in cleaning and sanitation; minimize use of cleaning products and other chemicals; decrease the volume and strength of wastewater produced and associated energy required for treatment; minimize the water and energy needed for heating and cooling operations; and optimize the effectiveness of land application systems for wastewater treatment.

Sustainable Water Handbook for Small Wineries

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http://www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/amass/library/23/docs/CSWA%20Sustainable%20Water%20Management%20Guide%20for%20Small%20Wineries.pdf

This sustainable water management handbook for small wineries provides a set of tools for wineries to achieve goals for sustainable management of winery source water and process water, with the ancillary benefits of increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas generation. The Handbook is based upon the approach described in a full guide, The Comprehensive Guide to Sustainable Management of Winery Water and Associated Energy, but tailored to reflect a small production environment that uses water intermittently and has a small staff.

Water Conservation Ideas for Food Processing Facilities

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http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/watershedmgmt/cwp/view.asp?a=1427&q=515392

This site, provided by Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection, offers ideas for incorporating water conservation practices into your facility.

Water Saving Tips for the Beverage Industry

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http://www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/WaterPrograms/Water_Conservation/Business_Tips/beverage.asp

This is the site of the State of Maryland's water conservation program which offers a high level overview of water saving practices specific to the beverage industry. Includes direction on water surveys, survey evaluation, water conservation tips, evaluating clean-up procedures, and conserving water on the facility's exterior.

Drought Resources

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California's Drought Information Clearinghouse

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Drought.CA.Gov

Stay up to date on all drought related action.

Governor's Proclamation of Drought Emergency

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http://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18368

With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions.

Small Business Administration Disaster Support

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http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans/disaster-loans

SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and most private nonprofit organizations. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.

California Department of Food and Agriculture, Drought Information

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http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/drought/

Additional Water Resources & Tools

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Water Audits and Leak Detection (M36)

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http://www.awwa.org/Publications/BreakingNewsDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=48228

This is the site of the American Water Works Association (www.awwa.org) that offers many publications which may help in winery or vineyard water conservation programs. Water Audits and Leak Detection is designed to help small systems utility managers establish a water auditing and leak detection program. It provides instructions for conducting a system-wide water audit and details leak detection-repair programs.

Water Pretreatment Technologies

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http://www.waterdrs.com/water-information/water-purification-technologies/

This web page is offered by the Water Doctors, a private consulting firm in Maryland. They offer an excellent overview of the seven major water purification technologies: distillation, ion-exchange, UV filtration and radiation, carbon absorption, reverse osmosis, and continuous deionization.

Flow Control Network

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http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/

This site provides information on flow control, containment, and measurement technologies. See this page for in-depth information on flow meters.

Directory of Liquid Flow Meter Manufacturers

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http://www.liquid-flow-meters.com/index.html

This web site offers a directory of manufacturers specializing in liquid flow meters.

Alternative uses for Winery Wastewater

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http://www.deh.gov.au/settlements/industry/corporate/eecp/case-studies/brlhardy1.html

This site provides information and examples on reusing wastewater in a winery.

Evaluation on Constructed Wetland Treatment Performance for Winery Wastewater

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This site provides information on the use of constructed wetlands for treating facility wastewater. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=14587952&dopt=Abstract

Water Right Irrigation Scheduling

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This site was developed to be a multi-functional, educational resource for irrigation water management. The site is designed for three audiences: homeowners, commercial turf growers, and agriculture. http://www.wateright.org/

Water Quality Information Center

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This site provides access to over 1,114 titles on the topic of water and agriculture. It also provides links to sites such as "Drought and Weather", EPA’s "What’s New" TMDL site, and an archive of news items, publications, and speeches. http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/

Regulated Deficit Irrigation (RDI)

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This is a UC Cooperative Extension site that provides publications available for download, studies, worksheets, and weather data. The site also has information available in Spanish. http://cesanjoaquin.ucdavis.edu/Custom_Program/Publications_Available_for_Download.htm?$=682

General Waste Discharge Requirements For Winery Wastewater Systems

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This site provides information on the requirements, the Monitoring and Reporting program, and a fact sheet for wineries. http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/northcoast/publications_and_forms/available_documents/general_winery_wdr/

Seametrics Flowmeter Finder

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The SeaMetrics Flowmeter FinderTM can help narrow the field of flow meter choices according to the requirements of your specific application. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but to get you started in the right direction. http://www.seametrics.com/flowmeterfinder/index.html

USDA National Organic Program

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Homepage http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/indexIE.htm

Manual Three: CCOF International Standards

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Download the complete manual http://www.ccof.org/standards.php#man_1

Use of Ozone for Winery and Environmental Sanitation

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This article provides information on understanding how ozone works and how to use it safely. http://www.practicalwinery.com/janfeb00/ozone.htm

WUCOLS- A Guide To Irrigation Water Needs Of Landscape Plants In California

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This detailed guide addresses how to estimate the irrigation water needs of landscape plants and an evaluation of different plants. http://www.owue.water.ca.gov/docs/wucols00.pdf