Coca-Cola Mexico harvesting 1.25Bl/y of rainwater

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Friday, August 12, 2011

The Coca-Cola Mexico Foundation captures 1.25Bl/y of water through its water harvesting programs, Luis Fuentes, Coca-Cola Mexico's deputy director of corporate communication, told BNamericas.

The foundation set up a national reforestation and water harvesting program in 2007 in association with the national forestry commission (Conafor), and the national commission for the protection of natural areas (Conanp).

The program aims to "return to nature 100% of the water we use in our drinks and production processes," said Fuentes.

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As well as planting 30mn trees across the country, the foundation has built 162,000 groundwater recharge wells to harvest rainwater. The wells are 2m deep and built in mountainous regions across 250ha of land.

Water captured in the wells filters into the ground and recharges the aquifers, "ensuring water for Mexico's future," said Fuentes.

The reforestation and water harvesting programs have ensured that 87% of the water used in Coca-Cola Mexico's processes is returned to the land.

The company's sustainability policy also includes the treatment of all wastewater produced at its bottling plants. Coca-Cola treats and reuses 100% of its wastewater, making it the only drinks company in Mexico to do so, Fuentes said.