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ARGOS SBR Sequencing Batch Reactor

Wastewater from Breweries

Wastewater produced by breweries can be challenging. Brewer operators can benefit by doing a throrough analysis of their water balance in the plant to determine where and how discharges from each process should be handled.

Newterra’s MBR (membrane bioreactor) wastewater treatment systems are effective for the high BOD wastewater of breweries. Treated effluent delivered by Newterra systems meets regulatory requirements for a wide range of discharge options and water reuse applications. Clarification, pre-filtration and/or Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) can be added by Newterra as pre-treatment.

For those systems with less stringent discharge requirements, Newterra offers the Newterra MBBR system, as well as the ARGOS SBR system. For operations with legacy lagoons or ponds that just require additional aeration or mixing, we offer the Triton 2.0 surface aerator/mixer.

Potential Uses for Recycled Brewery Water

1. No Direct or Indirect Product Contact

  • Boiler Feedwater
  • Condensers and Cooling Towers
  • CO2-Recovery (washing)
  • Make-up water for cleaning and disinfection
  • Pre and intermediate rinse during CIP
  • Belt Lubrication
  • Full bottle, can and keg (outside) rinsing
  • Crate washing
  • Pasteurizers
  • Vacuum Pumps
  • Fire Fighting
  • Toilets
  • Irrigation

2. No Direct Contact but final rinse allowed

  • CIP final rinse water
  • Bottle Washer
  • Bottle and Can rinser
Water After EQAfter MBRAfter RO
PO4340-8040-600.01 – 0.35
Total Hardness100-200100-1800.1 – 1.8
M-Alkalinity900-1,4001,100 – 1,40010-75
Conductivity2,000 – 3,0002,500-2,60090-130
Turbidity185-3503-120.05 – 0.25


  • MBR Recovery – 90%
  • RO Recovery – up to 70%
  • Overall Yield > 60%

Technical information

  • Systems Enclosed or Skid Mounted
    • Enclosures are fully insulated, heated and ventilated
    • Skid mounted systems built to fit into current or new buildings on site
  • Pretreatment options:
    • Clarification
    • Screening
    • Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF)
  • Process options MicroClear MBR or MBBR
  • Scaleable approach for phased build or future expansion considerations
  • Treatment options for water reuse:
    • Ultraviolet (UV)
    • Reverse Osmosis (RO)
    • Ozone
    • Chlorination or other disinfectant addition
  • newtN SCADA for remote data collection and control

Key benefits

  • Pre-engineered modules reduces engineering costs on project
  • Meets all discharge requirements
  • Water available for reuse
  • Potential elimination of municipal levies
  • Low or no odor and noise
  • No additional building infrastructure requried, systems are fully enclosed and heated/ventilated
  • Scaleable if necessary to accomodate future expansion
  • Systems factory built and fully tested before shipment


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