Nairobi – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) in Kenya has opened its new wastewater treatment plant at its Equator Bottlers Ltd plant in Kisumu, which will promote sustainable water use and help reduce the factory’s environmental impact.
The new plant will enable Equator Bottlers Ltd to treat and recycle wastewater generated from its production facility, which will be used for non-potable purposes such as irrigation and cleaning.
The state-of-the-art facility is part of CCBA’s commitment to use water as respectfully and efficiently as possible and increase water security for communities.
This will help the plant conserve freshwater resources and reduce the amount of wastewater that is discharged into the environment. By implementing this initiative, CCBA is taking a significant step towards the goal of replenishing 100% of the water used in production.
CCBA has adopted the ISO 14001 environmental management system at all its plants across Kenya in line with its commitment to conduct all its business activities responsibly, with due regard to environmental impact and environmental sustainability.
“The launch of our Kisumu wastewater treatment plant is a testament to CCBA’s continued efforts to adopt sustainable practices across our value chain. We recognize that water is a precious resource, and we are committed to using it responsibly and minimizing our impact on the environment. Our new wastewater treatment plant is just one example of our commitment to creating a more sustainable future for all,” said John Mwendwa, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Director CCBA in Kenya.
“CCBA, together with The Coca-Cola Company, are leaders in using water responsibly in our operations and giving it back. We continue to manage water resources through projects that reduce water use in our operations, protect local water resources and provide safe, clean drinking water to communities in need,” added Mwendwa.
“Minimizing our environmental impact across the whole value chain is a core target for us, and in partnership with the Water Resource Authority and the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), we are working to achieve this,” Susan Maingi, Country Lead, Regulatory and Stakeholder Engagement, added.
Water for use at the Equator Bottlers Ltd plant is sourced from Lake Victoria and undergoes a series of primary and secondary treatments to achieve the potable water quality standard required for industrial use and human consumption. Water from the manufacturing process is treated through the wastewater treatment plant before being discharged.