Nestlé’s California Milk Factory to Become ‘Zero Water’ Plant

May 21, 2015 4:15 PM ET

Originally posted on Environmental Leader

Nestlé says it is investing intechnology to help reduce the water it uses in California at the five water bottling plants and four facilities where food or petcare products are manufactured.

Last year in Mexico, Nestlé opened its first “zero water” plant, which extracts all the water it needs from milk used to manufacture dairy products.

Work is underway to transform the Nestlé USA milk factory (pictured) in the city of Modesto into a zero water factory, meaning the plant will not use any local freshwater resources for its operations.

The project should save nearly 63 million gallons of water each year, equivalent to 71 percent of absolute withdrawals in 2014, the company says.

Nestlé has invested about $7 million in the project, which is due to be completed by the end of 2016.

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