Sanderson Farms earned award
The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District (BVGCD) awarded the “Industrial Groundwater Conservationist of the Year” award to Sanderson Farms, Inc. Brazos Processing Plant at a ceremony held prior to the February 11 Bryan City Council meeting. The award honors industrial entities that strive to reduce the impact of their groundwater use on District aquifers.
Sanderson Farms management and employees began a serious commitment in 2008 to more efficiently manage their poultry processing plant located just west of FM 2818, while protecting the vital resources and minimizing their impact on the environment. The company focused on water conservation and the implementation of new technology that would reduce the dependence on groundwater.
During 2008, the plant used 650,000,000 gallons of water to process 60 million broilers. In each successive year, the water footprint was reduced resulting in the use of 377,000,000 gallons to process the same number of broilers in 2013. This equates to a 42% reduction of groundwater used from the Simsboro aquifer, the main aquifer used by the population of Bryan and College Station. This achievement was realized by installing more “water friendly” equipment and incorporating reuse wherever possible.
In 2010, the company launched the Sanderson Farms Corporate Responsibility Program to more deliberately focus on their environmental and cost efficiency goals. The company has found that if the employees of Sanderson Farms understand and commit to making responsible choices about the operations, the efficiencies translated into strong, long-term support of the groundwater resources in the Brazos Valley.
“The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District applauds the efforts of Sanderson Farms management and employees to conserve and preserve our groundwater and for their monumental example of stewardship of a precious natural resource”, says Alan Day, General Manager of the BVGCD.
Alan Day \ Robertson County News
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