Jun 22, 2012
Aquifer seen as sustainable long-term source for Gauteng bottling plantBack
Construction|Building|Coca Cola|Design|Engineering|Filtration|Gas|Installation|Lighting|Power|Solar|Sustainable|System|Testing|Water|Gauteng Plant Mike Jacobs|Energy|Energy Efficient Lighting|Energy Targets|Energy Use|Energy-saving Measures|Heidelberg Aquifer|Environmental|Mike Jacobs|Insulation
© Reuse this
Quality assurance manager for the Gauteng plant Mike Jacobs maintains that while the plant is licensed to extract 180-million litres a year of water from the aquifer, it currently only extracts around 90-million litres a year.
Moreover, only around 8% of the current mean rainfall levels are required to ensure the source’s longevity, considering the plant’s current extraction volumes.
The sustainability of the water supply should also go some way towards assuring the plant’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, an internationally recognised programme for benchmarking the design, construction and operation of green buildings.
For accreditation, a building must accumulate points based on the number of energy-saving measures implemented, such as specialised roof insulation, energy efficient lighting and overall environmental impact.
“We monitor our energy use very carefully, and have not just met, but exceeded, our energy targets in the last eight months of production. We also use rainwater harvesting techniques, and optimise sunlight for both light and heating,” says Jacobs.
Meanwhile, any excess water in the system is recycled and used to cool the production line, after which it undergoes reed bed filtration before settling in an on-site dam.
Prior to being bottled, the water from three production boreholes linking the plant to the source undergoes extensive analytical and micro- bial testing to ensure consistency and adherence to regulations. It then undergoes a filtration process, but nothing is added or removed from it before it is bottled and, as a result, the water maintains its original mineral composition.
To preserve the integrity of the product, the bottling area is a completely closed, sanitised area and is maintained at a positive air pressure to prevent the movement of dust. The two engineers required to manage the system enter and exit through an ‘air shower’ area, which uses ionised air to remove impurities.
“The air quality is on par with that of a surgical theatre, and is Class 100 000,” says Jacobs.
Once filled, each bottle receives a drop of liquid nitrogen, which transforms into nitrogen gas and fills the remaining headspace. This prevents deformation of the bottle at varying altitudes, ensures microstability of the water and ensures shelf life. It is then capped and packaged.
The ‘PlantBottle’ used by Valpré is fully recyclable and contains no fossil fuels, with 30% of the bottle made up of Brazilian sugar cane, further driving the plant’s zero-to-landfill operational imperative.
Last year, Engineering News reported the installation of a 30 kW, R1.6-million solar photo- voltaic system at the Heidelberg facility, which feeds into Coca Cola’s internal grid and supplements its power requirements with solar energy, thus reducing its reliance on the national grid.
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu© Reuse this
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
To subscribe email email@example.com or click here
To advertise email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here
Other Water News
Recent Research Reports
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
Energy Roundup – February 2016 (PDF Report)
The February 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for December 2015 and January 2016 and includes details of a Government Gazette notice that confirms Cabinet’s decision to move ahead with the 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme; State-owned power...
Energy Roundup - December 2015 (PDF Report)
The December 2015 roundup includes details of State-owned utility Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion; South Africa’s ranking as an investment destination for renewable energy; and a nuclear expert’s thoughts on reactor designs for South Africa’s nuclear...
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
This Week's Magazine
Power and automation company ABB is in the launch phase of its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot, the IRB 8700. The robot has a reach of 3.5 m and can handle a payload of up to 800 kg. “When designing the IRB 8700, we emphasised reach and payload, as...
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a critical facet of a connected security ecosystem, as controlling the confidentiality, integrity and authorisation of data access and use is key to securing new digital business channels. However, companies face several...
Data underpins digital business models, the digital economy, the Internet of Things and the fundamental changes in the ways people interact and protecting data is crucial to securing new ways of doing business, says T-Systems South Africa information and...
The City of Cape Town will issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses for its MyCiTi service, in line with the council’s commitment to lower its carbon footprint, says executive mayor Patricia de Lille. The tender, to be advertised early in February, will...
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority signed a R10-million contract last month with local tailings storage facility specialists Cyclone Engineering Projects to remove about 100 000 m3 of dredge spoil obstructing the natural course of the uMfolozi river, in...