In October 2013, 60 General Motors employees from the Zaragoza plant in Spain acquired oodles of useful information about water conservation during a two-day event that honored the United Nation’s International Year or Water Corporation. The experience — organized by the facility’s environmental team — included a tour of land that is environmentally protected and a ten mile canoe excursion down the Ebro river, one of the most important rivers on the Iberian Peninsula and Zaragoza’s daily water source.
The employees learned the significance of the Ebro river and how it directly affects operations at the plant. This is by way of an off-shot of the Ebro River that gets purified in a treatment plant before returning to its outsource, the Jalon River. This helps to guarantee the quality of the water returned is higher than the water extracted. This process even helps to supply drinking water to employees in the facility, and is the only plant in Europe to do so. Additionally, the plant has ultrasound equipment that helps identify water leaks. This is also the only facility in Europe to partake in this innovation.
The 30-year-old Zaragoza plant currently constructs the Opel Meriva and Corsa, and it was recently announced that the facility will be tooled to build the Mokka crossover and next-generation Meriva in conjunction with a B-Segment MPV from PSA Peugeot-Citroen.