Case

Clean groundwater guarantees the quality of our products

The Rajamäki groundwater area has long been known as one of the most important groundwater areas of the Salpausselkä ridge system. Protecting the more than 1 000-hectare area owned by Altia here, and particularly the groundwater beneath it, plays an important role in ensuring the high quality of Altia’s products.

In the forests of Rajamäki, the soil below a thin layer of humus quickly turns into sand and gravel. When you dig a little deeper, in some places, merely to a depth of 1.5 metres, you reach the surface of the groundwater. The same water has been used at the Rajamäki plant since 1888, when the plant was established.

Altia protects this valuable natural resource with great care. In addition to the continuous monitoring of the water’s surface levels and quality, the area is shielded from activity that could result in impurities ending up in the water. This is of utmost importance, since clean groundwater is not processed in any way when it is added into beverages.

The vehicles operating in the area are also guided and monitored with great diligence, given that a mere few litres of oil absorbed by the soil could contaminate the groundwater for a long period of time. Forests machines are always equipped with a soaking substance, for example, which allows for minimising the amount of any damage. Any problems are promptly reported to the Rajamäki plant, so that any damage can be prevented as soon as possible.

The groundwater pumped from the two main water catchments of Altia is led to the Rajamäki plant, where it used in, besides beverage production, all of the plant’s operations requiring water, such as the cleaning of tanks and production equipment. The plant’s operations are developed continuously in a more ecological direction – the company aims to reduce and increase the efficiency of water consumption in the future by recycling water in cleaning processes.

The high-quality, pure groundwater has been one of the most important things at Altia for more than 130 years. Its protection benefits everyone: In addition to guaranteeing the plant’s operations, it preserves the area’s nature for future generations.