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Meat processing sector could reduce water use by 30%

FBR Staff Writer Published 09 February 2012

Companies involved in the red meat processing sector could save about 300 litres of water per animal annually and make significant financial savings, according Businesses stream – a leading supplier of water and waste water services to businesses across Scotland.

Business Stream conducted a study, in which it evaluated the average water used during red meat processing and compared the findings with the sector's best practice usage.

The results revealed that during cattle processing, an average of 1000 litres was used every year per animal processed; however, according to the company, businesses could lower water use by 30% by implementing simple water efficiency measures.

In addition, during pig and sheep processing, each year, an average of 230 and 150 litres of water was used respectively per animal processed; however, an analysis of sector's best practice usage reveals that this could be lowered by 30%.

According to the Business Stream, its water benchmarking calculator enables organizations to feed in their water consumption and see where it stands against the industry peers and rivals

This information can be used by Business Stream to provide recommendations for businesses in order to employ water efficiency measures, and help them make significant financial and environmental savings.

Business Stream chief executive Mark Powles said that it often only requires small, low cost changes within an organization for significant savings to be achieved, to the benefit of everyone.

"Our customers can do some of these themselves, and Business Stream can help with the rest," Powles added.