As the Worm Turns

Good things happen to the wine, as this story from ABC 7 Los Angeles reports.

An excerpt.

“Parlier, California — Worms are helping a Valley winery on its path to becoming more green.

“Olympic-sized swimming pools at O’Neill Winery are actually beds filled with worms helping the company become greener.

“Our technology at BioFiltro, what it is is the star of the show is the worm. Ultimately, the worms are known as an ecosystem or environmental engineers,” said Mai Ann Healy, BioFiltro spokesperson.

“BioFiltro, an international company, was able to go through Fresno State’s Valley Ventures program that focuses on water, engineering and technology businesses.

“The worms are known for converting waste or organic matter.

“Water is spread across the worm beds and goes through levels of wood chips, river rocks, drainage cells and exit pipes.

“So within four hours, our worms are getting fed, getting full and also producing more microbes and bacteria that’s furthering helping us reduce and convert waste into beneficial byproducts,” Healy said.

“The technology allows the company to take about 80 million gallons of processed water and clean it.

“O’Neill Winery is the seventh-largest winery in California. They produce wines and spirits sold around the United States.

“So what we are trying to do is provide a sustainable process so that we can have a facility that is environmentally stewards, that is reducing our carbon footprint, reducing/minimizing our waste,” said Phil Castro, senior director of winery operations.

“O’Neill said they’ve taken steps to be more green with solar energy and the BioFilitro system.”

Retrieved April 27, 2021 from Worms help power Valley winery’s wastewater system – ABC7 Los Angeles

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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