LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. has been recognized for its water conservation efforts at one of the company’s Texas-based poultry complexes located in Bryan, Texas.
The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District (BVGCD), which services the groundwater resources of Brazos and Robertson counties, awarded the Laurel-based poultry producer the Industrial Groundwater Conservationist of the Year award for the company’s efforts to reduce its operation’s impact on district aquifers.
According to BVGCD officials, Sanderson Farms has concentrated on water conservation and the implementation of technology that would reduce its dependence on groundwater since 2008. Between 2008 and 2013, the company witnessed a 42 percent decrease in the amount of groundwater usage derived from the Simsboro aquifer, which is a formation of the much larger Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer that provides water to all or parts of 60 counties and is the primary water supply of the population of Bryan and College Station, Texas. By installing new equipment designed to conserve water usage and incorporate reuse wherever possible, Sanderson Farms was able to reduce its water footprint by nearly 273 million gallons last year.
In 2010, Sanderson Farms formally launched a Corporate Responsibility Program, focused on environmental and cost efficiency goals. The program’s objective is to engage all of the company’s employees to build sustainability thinking and practices into their everyday work, enabling continued freedom to innovate in a responsible way.