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PepsiCo to install Siemens reuse solution to lower fresh water consumption

FBR Staff Writer Published 23 April 2012

American food and beverage company PepsiCo is installing an integrated reuse solution from Siemens Industry Automation Division at its snack food production facility in Santiago, Chile.

As a part of a wastewater treatment plant upgrade, the company is boosting its wastewater treatment capacity by 20% and incorporating environmentally beneficial technologies.

The new system from Siemens will reduce fresh water consumption by up to 70%. It is likely to become operational in 2012.

Eventually, the integrated solution from Siemens is expected to lower the amount of fresh water used in making potato chips and other snack food lines at the Santiago plant by an estimated two-thirds.

Water savings will be achieved by treating the initial water used in production, extracting the impurities and cycling it back into the production systems. Waste water treated by the Siemens system will be reused in various internal manufacturing functions.

The installation of the new system is part of an initiative to help standardize water reuse at PepsiCo facilities throughout South America.