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Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has officially opened a water recovery plant at the Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham, Kent.
The new development cost in excess of £3million. The facility recycles the waste water that results from brewing and cleaning, which was previously sent to the drain. The new technology will help the brewery reduce its level of water consumption by approximately 40 per cent.
Chalk-filtered mineral water from the artesian well deep beneath the brewery will now only be used for brewing and the newly recovered water will be used for cleaning.
Before unveiling a plaque to mark the opening, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: “It is great to see a traditional brewery use cutting edge technology to reduce its water footprint. This new plant will not only improve the environment but help grow the rural economy. It is an excellent example of innovation and I hope others are inspired to follow their lead."
The plant is based at Shepherd Neame’s Faversham brewery and has taken one year to build. Speaking after the unveiling, Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “This is a considerable investment for the company and the plant provides a long term solution for our brewery’s waste water. Excellent quality water is the lifeblood of any brewery and we’re delighted this facility will reduce our load on local infrastructure and improve our sustainability.”
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