New research from the CSIRO has identified a series of guidelines to help wineries find better ways to reuse their wastewater – in particular fit-for-purpose irrigation.
Co-funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority and CSIRO, and conducted in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, the three-year project was led by Dr Anu Kumar, CSIRO Group Leader – Land and Water Flagship.

As part of its final report, Dr Kumar said the guidelines developed during laboratory, field and glasshouse experiments show evidence-based safe concentrations of potassium and sodium (individually and in combination) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) of winery wastewater for sustainable irrigation.

The final report can be found online.