What is Wastewater?

Wastewater is simply water plus all the stuff that is put down the drain.
This stuff not only increases the strength of the wastewater, it can also have negative impacts on other parts of the brewery operation.

Hover below to see these connections and impacts.

The Stuff

  • Water

     
     

    Water

    Contributes to
    Parameter Effected:

    Volume

    Impact:

    Water & Wastewater Costs  /  Treatment Systems

  • Grains, Hops, Yeast & Other Ingredients

     
     

    Ingredients

    Contribute to
    Parameters Effected:

    BOD  /  TSS

    Impacts:

    Water & Wastewater Costs  /  Odours  /  Corrosion  /  Clogs  /  Treatment Systems

  • Cleaners & Sanitizers

     
     

    Cleaners & Sanitizers

    Contribute to
    Parameters Effected:

    BOD  /  pH

    Impacts:

    Water & Wastewater Costs  /  Odours  /  Corrosion  /  Treatment Systems

  • Lost Wort & Beer

     
     

    Lost Wort & Beer

    Contribute to
    Parameters Effected:

    BOD  /  pH

    Impacts:

    Water & Wastewater Costs  /  Odours  /  Corrosion  /  Treatment Systems

  • Labels, Caps & Debris

     
     

    Debris

    Contributes to
    Parameter Effected:

    TSS

    Impacts:

    Water & Wastewater Costs  /  Clogs  /  Treatment Systems

  • Diatomaceous Earth

     
     

    DE

    Contributes to
    Parameters Effected:

    TSS

    Impacts:

    Water & Wastewater Costs  /  Clogs  /  Treatment Systems

Wastewater Impact

  • Volume


    Contributors

    Volume

    Can Cause
    Source:

    Water

    Impacts:

    Water & Wastewater Costs  /  Treatment Systems

  • Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)


    Contributors

    BOD

    Can Cause
    Sources:

    Ingredients  /  Cleaners & Sanitizers  /  Wort & Beer

    Impacts:

    Water & Wastewater Costs  /  Odours  /  Corrosion  /  Treatment Systems

  • Total Suspended Solids (TSS)


    Contributors

    TSS

    Can Cause
    Sources:

    Ingredients  /  Debris  /  Diatomaceous Earth

    Impacts:

    Water & Wastewater Costs  /  Clogs  /  Treatment Systems

  • Total Phosphorus / Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TP/TKN)


    Contributors

    TP/TKN

    Can Cause
    Sources:

    Ingredients  /  Cleaners & Sanitizers

    Impacts:

    Water & Wastewater Costs  /  Treatment Systems

  • Acidity / Alkalinity (pH)


    Contributors

    pH

    Can Cause
    Sources:

    Cleaners & Sanitizers  /  Wort & Beer

    Impacts:

    Water & Wastewater Costs  /  Corrosion  /  Treatment Systems

Brewery Impact

  • Water & Wastewater Costs


    Impacted by

    W & WW Costs

    Effecting Parameter:

    Volume  /  BOD  /  TSS  /  TP/TKN  /  pH

    Sources:

    Water  /  Ingredients  /  Cleaners & Sanitizers  /  Wort & Beer  /  Debris  /  Diatomaceous Earth

  • Odours


    Impacted by

    Odours

    Effecting Parameter:

    BOD

    Sources:

    Ingredients  /  Cleaners & Sanitizers  /  Wort & Beer

  • Corrosion of Floors & Drains


    Impacted by

    Corrosion

    Effecting Parameters:

    BOD  /  pH

    Sources:

    Ingredients  /  Cleaners & Sanitizers  /  Wort & Beer

  • Clogged Pipes


    Impacted by

    Clogged Pipes

    Effecting Parameters:

    TSS

    Sources:

    Ingredients  /  Debris  /  Diatomaceous Earth

  • Problems with Treatment Systems


    Impacted by

    Treatment Systems

    Effecting Parameters:

    Volume  /  BOD  /  TSS  /  TP/TKN  /  pH

    Sources:

    Water  /  Ingredients  /  Cleaners & Sanitizers  /  Wort & Beer  /  Debris  /  Diatomaceous Earth

Looking at the bigger picture, wastewater management can impact

Profitability

Community Relations

To learn more about BOD: what it is and why it matters, download this infographic.

What is BOD?