Canada is a world leader on requiring industrial facilities to measure the more subtle effects of effluent on the environment, and eliminate them if there are negative impacts. For 20 years, its Environmental Effects Monitoring has ensured that Canadian pulp and paper facilities operate with minimal impacts on water resources by looking for potential effects on fish and benthic invertebrates that make up the ecosystem. Our pulp and paper mills operate in full compliance with these strict regulations.
We use water drawn from the Nechako and Fraser Rivers in our manufacturing process. During 2014, the pulp mills and the paper mill combined used 76.5 cubic metres of water per air dry metric tonne of pulp and paper produced.
Approximately 98% of the water we process is discharged to the river, and only 2% is actually consumed in the process. The bulk of the water we process is withdrawn from and returned to the adjacent rivers.
Canfor Pulp continues to investigate manufacturing improvements to reduce water consumption at our mills.