The design outcome was a simple, passive wastewater management system which could be built from mostly locally soured materials and components. A passive, gravity fed system utilises the natural slope of the land to treat the winery production wastewater via naturally occurring processes in purpose built reed bed or constructed wetlands. Utilising a modular approach to allow for future growth, the water flows through a series of red bed ‘pods’, treating the water before it is discharged to the existing irrigation dam. Ultimately the wastewater is then stored and reused to irrigate the vineyards through the growing season. The system was built by a local contractor with ongoing support provided by Eco Wastewater Solutions.
The result is not only simple, functional and cost effective but also serves as a working example of resourceful and sustainable winery management.