Fundación Chile delivered to Matetic winery two water treatment plants developed through InBioTreat, an innovative technology for the treatment of liquid effluents that operates through artificial wetlands and microbiological treatment systems, to degrade organic matter and other pollutants, such as nitrogen and phosphorus. One of these treatment plants will be used for wine riles (Liquid Industrial Residues) and, the second one, for the treatment of wastewaters from the vineyard’s restaurant and hotel.
The technology, developed and adapted in our country by Fundación Chile, promotes the efficient use of energy and generates environmental awareness. It is characterized for having low energy consumption, requiring no chemical additives and is ruled by the environmental regulations that are currently in force.
“The pollution of water resources is mainly caused by direct and indirect discharges derived from farming, forestry and mining activities and from household waters. This, results in water bodies being constantly subject to discharges of waste and industrial residues, most of which have a high degree of contamination, thus generating the consequent risks to the population’s health“, said Rocío Fonseca, Director of Water Businesses and Environment at Fundación Chile.
A biological process such as InBioTreat removes organic pollutants like BOD5, SST and nitrogen, among others, by using a purifying process that reduces up to 90% of the contaminants present in an effluent.
The system, particularly focused in the wine sector, requires no manual operators nor involves very high maintenance costs, both which make it a highly sustainable alternative in terms of cost – efficiency for those who are working in this field.
The system is easy to operate. The wastewater is pumped from a primary clarifier where solids are separated into the biotreatment cell and distributed by gradients through a drainage system. This allows the circulation of water through a porous bed cell, water always flows under the surface of filler material.
“We hope this is the beginning of the proliferation of these modular treatment systems that have demonstrated to be highly sustainable, considering their low energy consumption, the reduced operating costs and the high landscape value that they provide“, said Rocío.