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Glenilen Farm, owned and operated by Alan and Valerie Kingston, is based in Drimoleague, West Cork. The company manufactures a premium range of yoghurts, butter, cream and desserts for the Irish and UK market.

Water is a vital resource in dairy processing as it is required across all areas of operations, such as heating, cooling, and cleaning. Understanding that water is a finite resource that must be used responsibly, Glenilen Farm implemented water conservation features into its manufacturing site to reduce the abstraction of groundwater from two on-site wells. Glenilen’s target was to reduce groundwater usage by 10% per unit of output by 2017.

continuous monitoring to achieve targets

Continuous monitoring to achieve targets

To achieve a 10% reduction, Glenilen first invested in a water monitoring system with flow meters installed throughout its site to monitor water usage both inside and outside of the plant. These meters are continuously monitored within the processing area. Graphed water usage readings are displayed on a staff information board on a weekly basis which enables employees to track progress in achieving Glenilen’s targets. As a result of this monitoring programme, Glenilen have improved water distribution and delisted some inefficient water lines.

further water usage reduction

Further water usage reduction

In a further initiative to reduce the usage of water from groundwater sources, the company installed two rainwater harvesting tanks with a combined storage capacity of 46,000 litres. This harvested water is used to flush in water lines and it also feeds into the boiler in order to be used for wash-downs.

As a result of these efficiency measures, Glenilen has reduced its water consumption by 65.7% on a cubic metre basis per tonne of product produced. Going forward, the company is also looking to establish further water reduction targets as part of its second Origin Green plan.

“As part of Bord Bia’s Origin Green program, we have a number of initiatives that go on here on the farm. ”

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