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Cement production requires water in various parts of the production process, for cooling heavy equipment, conditioning exhaust gases, etc. Water discharged from the production process is emitted as process effluent and can be affected by the presence of solids, altered pH or high temperatures. The installation of closed-loop water systems or settling ponds helps to reduce consumption, while monitoring through water-meters facilitates a more efficient use at all levels.

In 2008 water consumption at Group cement plants was approximately 569lt/tonne of cement. The % increase vs 2007 is due to the inclusion of measurements of the water consumptions of the Zlatna Panega plant in Bulgaria and of the Pennsuco plant in the USA which were not included in the 2007 reported values.

The development and application of an integrated water management system at all our cement plants is a target set in 2007 and planned to be achieved by 2012.

Usje Water Managment

The TITAN cement plant at Usje in FYROM lies on the outskirts of the city and is adjacent to the water channel of the municipality. A new initiative was undertaken by TITAN in 2007, aiming at a more efficient water management system according to international standards. Accordingly, a full analysis and recording of the actual quantity and quality of water used and discharged by the plant was followed by investments for the creation and maintenance of a purification pond for ground water, a separated discharge of waste water and the replacement of the pipe line for the drinking water. Through the first steps of this effort, improvements were already achieved and a 30% reduction of drinking water consumption was reached at plant level. Additionally, in a joint effort with local authorities, the quality of the water discharged undergoes a very strict quality monitoring, at specific location points where analysis is performed by the Central Laboratory of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning.