Category Archives: Food and Beverage Production

Wastewater Treatment System: Balter Brewery

Balter Brewery approached RWTS with the need for an upgraded trade wastewater treatment system to handle their steadily increasing daily load.

The Issue | An overrun wastewater treatment system

The wastewater treatment system procured originally was designed adequately for the daily load of 3000 litres and was sufficient for the brewery’s early beginnings. However, due to Balter’s growing popularity, production has both increased and improved. This lead to daily site hydraulic loads of the wastewater treatment solution exceeding its designed capacity.

As such, the system design was essentially overrun, creating operational and reliability issues. This resulted in a system that could not perform correctly and meet the hydraulic demands the site was experiencing. In addition, we saw the potential to add significant value and functionality to the brewery’s waste treatment system design.

The RWTS Solution

We proposed, designed and developed an enhanced system to not only ensure reliable operation, but to allow the comfortable treatment of 20,000 litres per day (that’s a lot of beer!).

By integrating advanced wastewater treatment technology, the new design allows for remote monitoring of the entire system operation, minimising the need for operator intervention and unnecessary maintenance. In short – more insight, less work. The HMI will provide a flow log and pH log each time the system discharges to trade waste on a daily basis. Data from the system can be stored for a minimum 30-day log and potentially up to 60 days.

If your brewery is looking for a wastewater treatment solution that provides detailed insight in real time but requires minimal operator intervention, we would love to discuss a tailored solution with you.

Ultrafiltration: Darling Downs Eggs

RWTS, in conjunction with client Integrated water management, delivered a complete water solution to the Darling Downs Eggs precinct.

This project was aimed at supporting the improved health of the birds, ultimately minimising mortality, yielding higher gross margins overall for the farmers. Water treatment a key ingredient to the survival of the birds found that we would treat the sites bore water through a  nanofiltration process with media filtration front end and calcium for hardness absorption on the permeate stream.

The additional water make up source came from the farms turkeys nest where raw surface water was treated through glass media filtration, disinfected with sufficient oxidant before entering the ultrafiltration system for further treatment. The RWTS design included our Improved PVC inside – outside  hollow fibre canister membranes complete on 316 industrial grade stainless steel equipment skid. The system was powered through a Mitsubishi PLC and HMI with Ewom modem for remote telemetry access to allow for plant manipulation and performance trending from the office with remote SMS alarm capability.

The ultrafiltration engineered package is designed to treat up to 10 kl / hr of permeate with redundancy @ a 98% efficient recovery rate. Both treated water sources make up the 120 KL panel holding tank which is then further recirculated and treated with a specific formulation of Chlorine dioxide maintaining bacterial loading within the water stream, keeping a residual oxidant throughout the water network.


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