Changes in Texas laws have made it easier for smaller breweries to open up throughout the state. For many entrepreneurs starting out in the industry, the paperwork and the management of all the regulations around the business can be more than just a bit overwhelming.
The Wastewater Issue
It is important to realize that water that is used in the brewing process, including in the actual production steps in the making of the beer as well as the cleaning of the systems, cannot be simply drained into the municipal sewer systems. This wastewater is high in organic materials, it has a lot of sugar, which means a high BOD or biochemical oxygen demand. This high BOD means that it is very hard to process at local wastewater treatment plants and slows down the process.
The second problem and the reason that municipal systems do not accept brewery wastewater is that it can be corrosive and either have high or low pH, which varies based on the type of effluent water produced.
In the past, breweries had to construct their own wastewater treatment, have the water hauled to special treatment facilities, or pay hefty fines. A better option is to invest in brewery wastewater treatment systems that are cost-effective, long-lasting and also offer the option to generate passive income.
These brewery wastewater treatment systems come in the form of dewatering systems. Large roll-off tanks and specialized processes allow solids to separate from the water, removing the organic materials and allowing the disposal of the treated water into the sewer systems.
The sludge collects in the bottom of these brewery wastewater treatment systems and can be hauled off as the tank fills. In many cases, this is ideal organic material for agricultural lands, and it can become a source of income to the brewery, helping to offset the cost. As the unit is portable and can be easily moved on any standard roll-off truck, it is also practical for dumping where and when it is required.