Whatcom County industries cut water use

First BP buys the land adjaent to them for a “buffer” then they acquire Intalco’s water rights.  Stephan Jilk, the district’s general manager, said BP has no immediate need for additional water, but refinery executives wanted to make sure that water would be available for future expansion if it occurs.

yeah right.

Sep, 1, 2008
BUSINESS

JOHN STARK

BP Cherry Point Refinery, Alcoa Intalco Works and the Whatcom County Public Utility District have announced a cooperative project to conserve Nooksack River water.

The project will enable Intalco to cut its water use, enabling the utility district to make more water available for the refinery without drawing additional water from the river. The district is the water supplier for both industries.

According to a press release from the water district, BP is paying for installation of new production line cooling equipment at Intalco that will not use water, resulting in a savings of up to 3.6 million gallons per day. That is about half the aluminum smelter’s current water use.

Stephan Jilk, the district’s general manager, said BP has no immediate need for additional water, but refinery executives wanted to make sure that water would be available for future expansion if it occurs.

Reach JOHN STARK at john.stark@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2274.

~ by fredfelleman on September 4, 2008.

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