In order to effectively treat used water, we will implement improvements at a number
of breweries in the period 1999-2001. To this end funds in excess of EUR 33 million
have been reserved. Within a period of six years, following the European facilities,
all our breweries wherever in the world will either be equipped with their own waste
water treatment installations, or will send their wastewater for treatment by third
parties, such as public authorities.
BREWERIES NEED A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF WATER TO ENSURE THE PRODUCTION OF BEER OF THE REQUIRED QUALITY
AND THE CORRECT CONCLUSION OF THE PRODUCTION PROCESS. DRINKING-WATER IS USED TO PREPARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF
WATER. HARD WATER IS REQUIRED FOR THE PRODUCTION PROCESS, WHILST SOFT WATER IS REQUIRED TO PREVENT THE OCCUR
RENCE OF STAINS DURING THE BOTTLING OF THE BEER. STEAM IS GENERATED FROM DE-MINERALISED WATER TO OPTIMISE HEAT
TRANSFER AND TO COUNTER THE FORMATION OF DEPOSITS OF BOILER SCALE. HEINEKEN'S BREWERIES POSSESS IN-HOUSE
INSTALLATIONS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF THE VARIOUS KINDS OF WATER THAT ARE REQUIRED.
WATER, A DROP OF LIFE
In addition to increasing awareness
among our employees, we strive to
facilitate a broader awareness
among the general public. For this
reason we gave financial support
for the 1999 production of the
international TV documentary
series 'Water, a drop of life'.
This series, to be broadcast in a
large number of countries from
the year 2000 onwards, confronts
viewers with the urgency of the
problems regarding water supplies
and makes clear how they can con
tribute towards solving these
problems. On some pages of this
Report we have included quotes
from the TV documentary series.