Water hardness can cause major problems for businesses. A water softener system provides a straightforward solution, exchanging scale-forming ions, such as calcium and magnesium and replacing them with highly soluble sodium. But the benefits of water softeners, particularly conventional ones, can be outweighed by inefficiencies that lead to high running costs and erode their value.
Following the decision to relocate an Oasis product line from Milton Keynes to its state-of-the-art Edmonton site, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) needed to re-evaluate the supply of high specification process water feeding the system. Although an interim solution was coping with the flow, it was time for a more permanent solution.
Coca-Cola’s flagship manufacturing plant in Wakefield, UK, is the largest soft drinks plant by volume in Europe, owned and run by Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP). When the previous process water treatment plant, supplying many of its manufacturing lines, began to reach the end of its life, the team started to evaluate the whole incoming water process. Envirogen Group was asked to design a system that would meet the needs of the site, but the new plant would achieve much more.
With an output of over 1.2 billion barrels of beer per annum, Molson Coors’ Burton-on-Trent site is Britain’s largest brewery. Supplying the nation with high-quality lager requires large volumes of purified water. When Envirogen Group was awarded the service and maintenance contract for the existing water treatment system, a series of health checks and audits revealed an alternative solution that would deliver a return on investment within a year, while reducing energy bills by 35% and water waste by 40%.
Envirogen Group has worked at the Molson Coors Burton-on-Trent site for many years, providing servicing and maintenance for process water treatment across the site. Following a recommendation by its service engineers, Envirogen set out to reduce water and salt usage in the bottle rinsing process.
When the time came to replace an ageing ion exchange system feeding purified water to their paint shop, Honda approached Envirogen Group for a fresh perspective. Could they use this opportunity to increase safety standards on-site, as well as lower their water and energy usage to meet sustainability goals?