Industry taking action – case study of a water use efficiency program in Coca-Cola plants
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“Counting every drop, making every drop count.” The Coca-Cola Company and its largest bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises, have recently embarked on an effort to measure water usage, identify opportunities to reduce water consumption and the wastewater production and improve operating efficiency at its four Atlanta-based production facilities. Coca-Cola has engaged the water experts from the JohnsonDiversey and Nalco Alliance, who used an innovative program called aquacheck to conduct this assignment. In this paper, aquacheck is presented as a methodology targeted to optimize water use efficiency in beverage processing facilities. Examples from studies at two Coca-Cola Enterprises facilities and two facilities owned by The Coca-Cola Company in Metro Atlanta, Georgia, are used to illustrate both the type of baseline data collected and some of the gains that can be achieved. Through this synthesis, it is hoped that other industries will be empowered to take action and that new opportunities will be identified for cost-effective eco-efficiency within the beverage industry.