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South Idaho Chobani Plant to Reduce Water Use

16:01PM Dec 18, 2014

Greek yogurt maker Chobani says a newly installed reverse-osmosis filtration system at its south-central Idaho plant will reduce the company's consumption of water by 20 percent.

The Times-News reports that the company is installing the new machine to help reduce complaints from its residential neighbors.

Last year, Hollister residents complained about increased truck traffic and odors coming from a local farm that recycled the company's acid whey, which is a waste product of the yogurt plant.

A Chobani official says the new system will pull pure water from the whey and be reused inside the plant to sanitize tanks. The new system is expected to save the company 170,000 gallons of water per day.