Sappi North America's Key Performance Indicators: Water
All pulp and paper mills in North America use and treat water in accordance with comprehensive environmental permits. Overall, Sappi North America’s 2016 water use, total suspended solids and biological oxygen demand intensity metrics were in line with our 2015 performance. Our North American mills draw water from surface sources (rivers and lakes) and return treated water to the same primary sources. After on-site treatment at Cloquet, we send water to a publicly owned treatment facility, where it is treated further and then returned to Lake Superior. Our total water consumption is low because we return a high percentage of the water we use. Water that is “consumed” in our operations is primarily water lost to the environment due to evaporation in the paper drying process and a small amount of moisture contained in our finished products.
Read more from Sappi North America's 2016 Sustainability Report here: http://bit.ly/SNA-2016SR