Water is an important - and protected - resource throughout our operations.
We specifically address, manage and monitor stream and watercourse protection as part of our sustainable forest management activities. We operate under strict regulations with regard to water or watercourses on the lands where we harvest which are enforced within our land-use planning.
Pulp operations use and treat large volumes of water in the course of a year. West Fraser invests considerable resources on improvements to water systems aimed at improving the effluent discharges at our operations. In particular, our pulp operations have made considerable strides to reduce effluent discharges, including an overall downward trend in key effluent measurements. These include key indicators such as total suspended solids (TSS) and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), two areas where we have consistently achieved results that are significantly better than our government-set permit levels.