Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Factory expansion leads to wastewater treatment problems in Massachusetts

Wastewater from factories and corporations affects everyone- especially the local community. A  $50 million expansion to a Massachusetts Coca-Cola plant producing the new beverage "Honest Tea" initially led to an increase in jobs, but has since caused problems for the town's wastewater treatment plant.

Since the expansion, the plant finds itself operating at capacity and still unable to manage the high volumes coming from Coca-Cola. The high sugar levels in the factory's wastewater is difficult to process and contains high levels of bacteria, which, due to high volume, must currently be hauled to another location.  Unless changes are made, this leaves room for little future growth in the city. To cope, the city will need to raise surcharge rates by 23 percent- or Coca-Cola will need to work more closely with the community to better manage such challenges.