Port Townsend Paper’s plumbing is ancient and creaky, just like everything else there. But upon hearing that despite good work by the mill’s plumbing staff, something north of 10% of the water that comes to the mill is lost just through bad plumbing and system leaks, I was amazed.
Given the mill’s usage of 400,000,000 gallons per month, 10% is a lot of water! At this point, we don’t have a good handle on the specifics, but considering the mill’s age and condition, it’s not implausible.
We at home are advised to get low-flow toilets and fix dripping faucets to protect precious water resources – yet the mill may be pissing away millions of gallons every month due to even worse plumbing issues?
In an odd way, it would be welcome to learn that there’s a good reason for that degree of water loss — or that the numbers are way off. Otherwise, it’s a stunning waste of a resource that the rest of us are subsidizing for the mill, and we would at least expect that to be fixed.
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