>Do you think using your mill's water expertise and capacity to aid the local community is worthwhile?
>Do you think your mill is doing all it can to conserve water?
>Any other thoughts on the issue of water?
--The key to water conservation is to make the projects have economic benefit - to make it worthwhile and fiduciarily smart.
--You have made excellent points for the areas of the country / world where water conservation is of real importance. The thing that has always struck me about the water conservation nuts is that they tend to treat every drop of water as if it were vital to survival of some unspecified life form. I grew up in South Carolina. The water for our home came from the ground - a shallow well only 15 feet deep. The soil was sandy, the water table was high and the water is still the best tasting water I have ever experienced. We consumed it as everyone does - drank it, cooked with it, washed with it and poured it down a drain, that lead to a septic tank which used very low tech micro-bio process to separate the sludge from the liquid which went out to a drain field and ultimately into the ground where nature filtered it back out making the grass greener and the trees taller near the drain field. Mom and Dad still use that same well, 40 years later and the water table is now 2 feet higher than it was back then. Any effort to "conserve water" in that location over the last 40 years would have been like pouring a teacup into the ocean - pointless. People who live in arid climates and places with drought should conserve - but remember the whole world does not always experience the same problems that we may experience locally.
--Mills in N America can get water use down to about half of todays's average for their sector by fairly simple measures. Beyond that level, costs rise rapidly, both in terms of money and "ungreen" things such as energy, and chemical consumption. Where water is not in seriously short supply, "less is better" is true only to a point.
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