Purpose and General Information
The Best Management Practice (BMP) for Alcohol Beverage Manufacturing was developed to protect public health and prevent degradation of the sanitary sewerage system by facilities involved in the manufacturing of alcoholic beverages such as breweries, distilleries, wineries, and cideries. Some potential concerns with regards to alcohol beverage manufacturing include but are not limited to; high and low pH wastewater resulting from cleaning and sanitization processes, high strength wastewater including Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) concentrations, solids disposal, bad/unusable product batch disposal and passivation wastewater.
Acidic wastewater can have negative effects on the wastewater collection system and the wastewater treatment process. It can also produce hydrogen sulfide gas, which is the cause of most sewer odors and can create explosive conditions, endangering workers health and the public. Hydrogen sulfide gas is converted to sulfuric acid which degrades sewer pipes causing corrosion, failures, and/or collapsing of the sewer pipes and pump stations. These issues can lead to an uncontrolled release of wastewater and disruption of service.
Optional Bill Deduction
Due to the nature of the alcohol manufacturing business, HRSD understands that a good portion of the water utilized at the facility has the potential to not be discharged to the sanitary sewerage system. Considering most of the facilities under this BMP are billed on influent meter readings, an optional deduction for water contained in the final product may be applicable.
To receive this deduction, a copy of the prior year’s Department of the Treasury TTB Reports (Brewer’s Report of Operations, Report of Wine Premise Operations and/or Distillery Report of Processing Operations) must be submitted annually to our office, via methods outlined in the Data Submittal box below, by January 31st. Once your Department of the Treasury TTB Reports have been submitted, your account will be reviewed for a possible credit adjustment.
Submit all required documentation via email to email@example.com or mail to:
Pretreatment & Pollution Prevention Division
Attention: Alcohol BMP
PO Box 5902
Virginia Beach, VA 23471-0902
Please contact the manufacturer and consult the SDS for how to dispose of leftover chemicals and containers. As always, please notify your inspector prior to discharge into the sewerage system of any waste that is outside your normal operations.
All BMP holders are subject to the Enforcement Response Plan; however, the following are examples of commonly issued enforcements and require a written response:
- Discharging a waste with a pH below 5.0
- Diluting a waste stream in leu of neutralization
- Failure to maintain discharge pH log/Calibration log
- Use of expired pH buffer/use of expired pH strips
- Failure to calibrate pH meter
- Discharge of solids
- Failure to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDS) prior to discharge
- Inadequate Chemical Storage
- Unauthorized Discharge
- Missing Drain Screen/Filter/Basket
All BMP requirements are enforceable even if the primary facility contact changes. Notify your inspector immediately if contacts change so they can familiarize any new contacts on the BMP requirements.
To see a list of HRSD permitted Grease Haulers, please see the link located in the above Additional Information list. Grease control devices smaller than 50 gallons per minute (gpm) are approved to be cleaned by the Food Service Establishment (FSE). Visit http://hrfog.com/ for more information on proper grease control device maintenance, required cleaning frequencies or to contact your localities Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) representative
A possible credit will be applied to the water account and will show on the bill under Fees/Adjustments as “HRSD No Consumption Adjustment” Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions.
Each year HRSD honors businesses and industries for outstanding pollution prevention (P2) measures. P2 awards are presented for multi-media (air, land, water) efforts that focus on reduction of waste (or its toxicity) at the source rather than traditional treatment, control, and disposal. Some examples include raw material substitution, installation of clean manufacturing technologies, in-process recycling, as well as preventive maintenance and spill prevention. Starting in 2020, a separate category was created for Alcohol Beverage Manufacturers. As a BMP holder, you are eligible to apply for this award. If your facility is selected as a winner, you will be invited to receive your award at the Pretreatment and Pollution Prevention Awards banquet. Click the link in the Learn More section at the top of this page to access the application.
2021 Winner: Cova Brewing