Coca-Cola Bottling Innovates Cleaning System

Coca-Cola - Atlanta Beverage Base Plant

Water Conservation

Case Study 3 // Atlanta, Georgia // August 2010

Water is fundamental to the Coca-Cola business; it is one of the main ingredients in all of their products.  Coca-Cola’s goal is to use water more efficiently than their competitors. Thus, the company’s most important responsibility is to wisely manage water resources in their operations.

During internal water conservation studies conducted on a periodic basis at the Atlanta Beverage Base Plant (ABBP), Coca-Cola has identified opportunities and implemented solutions to conserve water.  In addition, the ABBP engaged water experts NALCO and Johnson Diversey to conduct water conservation studies that included their innovative program called Aquacheck. Aquacheck involves conducting a detailed analysis of all water used using ultrasonic measurement devices to determine levels of water use and identify opportunities to reduce water consumption. These studies resulted in the following improvements: installing rotary sprayballs during the tank cleaning process which are very efficient in saving water, increasing condensate return to the boilers, and recycling rejected water from the treatment process back into the system. 

In 2007, the ABBP consumed approximately 20 million gallons of water- of which, 10 million gallons were used for tank cleaning.  The plant installed a new system in the production areas for cleaning in place (CIP).  CIP is designed to clean the interior of tanks, pipes, and associated equipment without disassembling the equipment.  The new circuit replaced a wasteful manual process and was designed and programmed to optimize water use with a savings of 1,500 gallons on average per cleaning activity. 

The ABBP is continuing its efforts in reducing water usage and is currently installing Electro Chemical Activation (ECA) for CIP. ECA is a technology that produces substances in a meta-stable or activated state and is used in a variety of technological processes for cleaning instead of using chemicals and hot water. 

The estimated savings for implementing ECA at the ABBP include the following:


As a Gold Level Partner since 2009, The ABBP aspire to work with the Georgia Sustainability Division to reduce the 20 million gallons overall water usage by 10% in 2011.  The facility is on its way to achieving this goal.  The Atlanta Beverage Base Plant is finding that more efficient water usage is an effective business strategy that can reduce costs, improve water conservation, and benefit the communities where it operates.