Pepsi denies charges of water extraction

Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 16:07

Thiruvananthapuram: Cola major Pepsico Thursday
denied the charge that its plant in Pudussery in Palakkad
district has been causing depletion of ground water in the
arid area by over extraction of water.

Reacting to the report of the Kerala Assembly`s Subject
Committee in this regard, a company release said an
independent study by a renowned institute last year had found
that the impact of Pepsico`s Palakkad plant on depleting
ground water level in the area was "insignificant" and that
the plant had been utilising on 6.7 percent of the total
annual water consumption in the area.

Through innovative recycling and recharging techniques
the plant had been able to save about 200 million litre of
water in the last four years and had brought down the use by
60 percent.

The water saving initiatives of the plant had been
studied by various global and national agencies and it had
received awards such as Golden Peacock Environment Management
award and CII`s award for excellence in water management, it
said.

Pepisico`s water conservation initiatives in the country
had been able to save 2.5 million litres of water in the last
five years.

The state Assembly’s committee on Irrigation and Power
had in its report yesterday asked the state government to
restrict the use of water by Pepsi plant at 3.4 lakh litres a
day.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 16:07

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