- 94% of the water we use in our pulp operations is returned to the environment
- Our mechanical pulp (BCTMP) mills use 19m3 of water per tonne of production
- Our chemical pulp (NBSK) mills average 107 m3 of water per tonne of production
301 - Interactions with water as a shared resource
Water in West Fraser’s Operations
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 landuse planning.
Solid wood mills largely use water for heating, misters for dust control and to cool equipment. At three sawmill sites, we also employ water in a closed-loop system for the cooling needs of our three biomass-fueled ORC bioenergy systems. Our solid wood mills use little process water compared to the water used in the pulping process at our pulp facilities.
Pulp mills use and treat large volumes of water in the course of a year. Water is used to wash and process pulp, transport it through the mill, within the cooling process effluent for effective environmental treatment, and for heat and power generation.