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Pahiatua’s pumping!

12 Mar 2015, 15:05

Fonterra’s multi-million dollar upgrade and expansion project of Mangamutu Dairy Factory in Manawatu has been a boost for the local economy in Pahiatua.

The I.S. Dam Lining team contributed to the environmental and sustainability facet of the project in Mangahao Rd, by lining the two newly created wastewater and clean water storage ponds.

“Fonterra’s focus and what they are trying to achieve onsite closely aligns with our ethos and commitment to operate in a safe and sustainable manner,” explains Adrian Mannering, I.S. Dam Lining managing director says.

Responsible management of waste and processing bi-products is important to ensuring the ongoing sustainability of New Zealand businesses. Forethought and an initial capital investment can lead to significant financial and efficiency gains in the future, Adrian says.

As part of the upgrade, Fonterra established an onsite wastewater storage pond, a treatment plant and subsequent clean water storage pond. The system consists of a 7,000m2 pond to store the factory’s wastewater, which is them cycled through the treatment plant and held in an 34,000m2 clean water holding pond before being irrigated onto three local farms.

Fonterra is building a new milk powder dryer and creating more storage in the $200 - $250 million revamp.

The Pahiatua plant will take all the milk produced on the eastern side of the island - from Hawke's Bay to Wellington.