ABOUT CLEARBLU ENVIRONMENTAL
ClearBlu Environmental is a wastewater system manufacturer selling specialized products for industrial, brewery, winery, and industrial wash bay customers. ClearBlu designs, builds and installs systems nationwide using sustainable technologies that consume less energy, less chemistry and require less maintenance than conventional systems. The company focuses on aerobic biodigestion technologies that provide complete digestion of organic material and do generate sludge. Highly effective self-cleaning screening and pH balancing systems are manufactured and tested in our California facility. Over 95% of system components are manufactured in the United States.
135 Aviation Way #1
Watsonville, CA 95076
Contact: Julie Bixby
Permanent & Preventative Solution Over Dredging
Jordan Winery was facing an expensive dredging operation to remove 14” of very heavy and condensed sludge from the primary treatment pond. Upon the recommendation of another winery, Jordan explored the option of upgrading the existing treatment system to UltraFine Bubble aerators from ClearBlu. The Winery decided that ClearBlu was a better, more permanent and preventive solution over dredging. Since installation, Jordan has been happy with the results. Jordan has seen a steady reduction in sludge, general improvement in the health of the ponds, and the continual benefit of decreased operating costs.
Power Reduction & Energy Savings By Taking DAF Offline
Castoro Cellars had drastically increased production, however had not upgraded the treatment system to match production levels.
New Treatment System Replaces Old Turbine Aeration Equipment At Winery
Conn Creek Winery was unhappy with the performance of their old turbine aeration equipment.
Alternative Wastewater Treatment Option Suitable for Sustainable Practices
Merryvale Starmont chose to investigate alternate wastewater treatment equipment options to better fit with the company’s dedication to sustainable practices. The old turbine style surface aerators were replaced with UltraFine Bubble aerators, reducing the total horsepower from 37.5 down to 8. An automatic DO control system was also installed to increase energy conservation. The reduction in horsepower allowed the facility to claim over $13,000 in PG&E rebates in addition to the savings being realized by the more energy efficient motors.
Automatic Dissolved Oxygen System Results In Energy Savings
Scheid Vineyards, located in Greenfield, California, captures wastewater influent from the winery in three aeration ponds to supply the needed biological oxygen demand (BOD) to treat the effluent prior to being used for irrigation. In 2009, the wastewater plant processed over 8 million gallons of wastewater. The existing aeration system was inefficient and maintenance intensive leading the facility to explore alternative solutions.
Treatment System Achieves 96.5 Percent Reduction In BOD Strength
Anderson Valley Brewing Company had acquired a several different aeration technologies in their treatment ponds over the years including surface aspirators and a diffuser system. They were interested in increasing treatment capacity so they could irrigate using reclaimed wastewater. After discovering ClearBlu and visiting an existing installation they decided to incrementally add UltraFine Bubble aerators to increase treatment.
Wastewater Treatment For Brewery System Reduces BOD
Real Ale Brewing Company (RABC) started as a small brewery working out of a commercial retail space. As the brewery outgrew their facility they purchased land on the outskirts of town and built a new brewery. Their production level was still low enough at this point for the city to allow direct access to sewer. As RABC continued to be successful and grow, a mandate from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality stated that the city must require the brewery to treat their wastewater in order to prevent overwhelming the city’s treatment system. RABC began the process of looking into available options for wastewater treatment. They had been introduced to ClearBlu Environmental at the Craft Brewers Conference in 2011 and after careful research the brewery selected ClearBlu to design and install a complete pretreatment and treatment system.
Self-Cleaning Lift Stations And Hydroscreen Drastically Increase Efficiency In Brewery
ClearBlu provided duplexing in-ground lift stations and a self-cleaning waterfall hydroscreen for the brewery who self-installed the equipment. ClearBlu design and instructions made it possible for the brewery to install the lift stations and screen themselves, as well as to have the screen stand fabricated locally. ClearBlu lift stations are fabricated from fiberglass which resists deterioration from acidic wastewater and are self-cleaning. Round basins can be stirred so that they never have to be cleaned out.
Brewery Installs Complete Aerobic Treatment System To Meet City Requirements
Worthy Brewing approached ClearBlu Environmental at the 2011 Craft Brewers Conference. The brewery was still in its planning stages, but knew that some extent of wastewater treatment would need to be incorporated to satisfy city requirements. ClearBlu worked closely with the facility’s architect and engineers to incorporate plans and allocate space for a complete aerobic treatment system at the facility. Upon startup, the brewery was only required to implement a pre-treatment system, which includes solids screening, settling, and automatic pH balancing. They have all ruggedized equipment that will support their system through the brewery’s expected expansion.