Water is the source of life... However, it is getting more and more difficult to access clean water due to various reasons such as increasing population, consumption and global climate change. Contrary to popular belief, Turkey is among the water-stressed countries.
Our integrated facilities are located in regions with "limited water resources". Therefore, we are both responsible for and prioritize using water in an efficient manner and treating wastewater so that water is returned to nature in the condition in which we initially received it.
We focus on efficient utilization of - water in our entire operation.
We determine the irrigation periods and the amount of water to be used during irrigation based on the type of plant and humidity of the soil. The drip irrigation method which we began to use in 2015 was extended to all plant production operations in 2017. This helped us reduce water consumption by approximately 25-40% and also increase crop yield by 30%.
Cleaning, washing and sanitation processes are the most water-intensive processes in our plants. Due to water efficiency projects, we can recycle and reuse some of the water used in washing and evaporation processes.
Water Consumption Per Ton of Raw Milk
Our water consumption per ton of raw milk increased in 2017. This increase was caused by the fact that our Tire Integrated Facilities had not started operating at full capacity
Water Efficiency Practices
We engage in practices aimed at achieving water efficiency in line with our goal of reducing water consumption per ton of raw milk processed in our facilities. Our ongoing R&D projects in this area are:
- Wastewater recovery: Recovery of the water exiting the treatment facility and reusing it to irrigate the facility grounds
- Use of the liquid fermented by-product in agricultural lands: Sanitation and use of the liquid fermented by-product (400 tons/day) of biogas in agricultural lands
- New filtered water production facility: Treatment of the water used in production at a lower cost through physical and chemical methods and getting it ready for use
We continue to carry out projects with the cooperation of TÜBİTAK in the area of water management. With the Lamella Settlement Post-Anaerobic Treatment in Dairy Wastewater Project; we aimed to install a new structure in the pool based on the lamella settlement principle instead of the conventional technology (gravitational) which was currently in use in anaerobic settlement pools.
The Lamella technology enables the settlement process to occur in a smaller area with a higher efficiency by reducing the linear speed of water through lamella plates positioned in the pool at a certain angle.
As a result of the project, we achieved a 20% increase in the efficiency of the treatment process with the lamella settlement technology compared to the conventional technology.
We treat the wastewater resulting from our operations. We have made significant investments to increase the efficiency of the treatment process and turn our waste into value. Since 2008, we have been returning all the wastewater from our production processes to the nature after 100% treatment in our "Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment Facilities" using low energy and chemicals.
The sludge and organic materials generated by this treatment are recycled in our energy production facilities and converted into electricity and thermal energy.