BRALIRWA has launched a €1.2 million (Rwf908 million) wastewater treatment plant in Kigali. the plant will see the country’s sole beer maker utilize sludge from treated water used during the manufacturing processes turned into fertilizer.
The facility constructed on standard technology has capacity of 210 cubic metres (m3) per day. The treated water can also be used to support aquatic life.
Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, Bralirwa’s Managing Director, Sven Pieteriet said that the plant is part of the company’s efforts to preserve the environment.
“We are proud of the facility for environmental protection. And we are committed to improve our performance for a better future for Rwanda, the earth and BRALIRWA.” The computerised facility is a joint investment between Coca-Cola and Heineken, a Dutch based Company.
The Coca-Cola East and Central Africa General Manager, Prosper Tchouambe noted that there was increased focus on environmental issues, driven by heightened public awareness of global climate change and expressed confidence in the strides the company was taking to meet the challenges.
“As the leading beverage manufacturer, we committed to invest in the growth and development of sustainable communities and ecosystems,” Tchouambe said.
Dr Rose Mukankomeje, the Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), commended the company’s efforts in preserving the environment.
“You have complied well with government’s environmental efforts. We (government) therefore pledge our support.”
BRALIRWA, which is jointly owned by the government of Rwanda and Heineken group, is also planning to develop a rain harvest facility.