Go Green: JBT Prime Water Conservation Systems
JBT Prime engineers literally wrote the book on water conservation in poultry plants in the mid-2000s. That is when the experts at the facility that became Prime-Gainesville worked with the USDA to craft the regulations that allowed processing plants to save water, money and the environment by filtering and re-circulating water.
The concept is simple:
- Evisceration and paw water are best for conservation
- Collect water that normally drains to treatment
- In evisceration, screen out solids via two drum screens to the 0.008 level, then filter further to the 0.005 level
- With paws, screen solids out to the 0.015 level
- Add anti-microbial agents as needed
- Pump the water up-line for re-use
The savings can be substantial:
- Saving 200 GPM at $4.50/k gal = $864.00 savings per day, or $216,000.00 savings per year.