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Compliance Tool for California Water Order

Wine Institute has developed comprehensive spreadsheets to assist wineries in complying with the Winery Order that creates a new permitting system for California wineries that produce between 10,000 and 15,000,000 gallons of process water annually. The State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously on Jan. 20, 2021 to adopt the order, which gives wineries up to three years to submit their Notice of Intent (NOI) to comply to their Regional Water Board. The order gives existing wineries up to five years to implement the required measures, however, some wineries, particularly those without Waste Discharge Requirement permits or those in certain regions, may be asked by their Regional Boards to submit their NOIs as early as spring of 2022. 

The Winery Order requires wineries to meet standards for their facilities as well as conduct regular monitoring and report the monitoring results to their regional boards. The spreadsheets are designed for each tier based on a winery’s process water discharge and spell out the standards required by the order, the timeline for compliance with those standards and the monitoring required under the order. Wineries should note that five years of winery effluent data is requested for inclusion with the NOI; meaning if that data is not currently being collected, wineries should begin documenting effluent data as soon as possible.   

Wine Institute designed these spreadsheets to assist wineries with compliance with the new Winery Order by documenting the requirements of the order and providing a place to gather the data required by the order. 

The spreadsheets are meant as a tool to assist with compliance, but don’t replace the need to review the order to ensure compliance. 

Download the spreadsheets:

Tier 1 – 10,000 to 30,000 gallons

Tier 2 – 30,001 to 300,000 gallons

Tier 3 – 300,001 to 1,000,000 gallons

Tier 4 – 1,000,001 to 15,000,000 gallons

Questions? Contact Noelle Cremers

Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs ncremers@wineinstitute.org