Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) says it has embarked on measures to drastically cut the amount of water it uses for production in line with global efforts to save the precious resource whose levels continue to dwindle in many parts of the world.
A statement issued by provincial spokesperson Caroline Nyahuye said CCBSA manufacturing manager Andre Breytenbach told a media briefing last Friday that the company has set a target to use less than 1.7 litres of water to produce a litre of its beverages across its global operations by 2020.
“As part of the world’s leading beverage company, CCBSA has a responsibility to use water as respectfully and efficiently as possible,” said Breytenbach during the media briefing held at the company’s plant in Bloemfontein.
“In South Africa, we have already exceeded this target and have set a target of 1.56 litres of water per litre of soft drink produced. We are committed to maintaining this and further improving on our efficiencies in water management,” he added.
The briefing was part of the World Water Day celebrations marked annually on March 22.
CCBSA also used the occasion to announce its partnership with the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and Bloemwater aimed at promoting water conservation. The three parties also gave an update on an overview on the state of water in the province.
The media and other delegates at the event also had an opportunity to tour the CCBSA water treatment plant on site and were shown the water-saving measures in place which lso can be implemented by other large companies.
DWS provincial head Dr Tseliso Ntili highlighted that everyone needs clean water in line with the National Development goals by 2030 and as a department they are making great strides to achieve this state.
“In the domestic sector we have various categories of projects where we have invested R700 million towards infrastructure development and raw bulk water schemes where various municipalities are set to benefit”, said Ntili.
Prior to the event, CCBSA worked with the DWS to fix water leaks, faulty pipes, install taps, washers and toilet cisterns in Gariep as part of the National Water Week activities. The company says it deployed six of its artisans to assist with the repairs from March 18-19.
In addition, 10 flow bins were donated to community members as part of efforts to promote water conservation.
Two elderly people also received Jojo Tanks each with a capacity of 5 000 litres to ensure they have continued water access.