On the way to the weekly Save Tacoma Water meeting, the early morning light, back lit the steam flowing out of the stacks of WestRock, formerly known as the Simpson Tacoma Kraft paper mill. This plant is a Super User, meaning it uses more water than any other industry by 10 times – companies like these are in a class all of their own, yet Tacoma Public Utilities puts them in the same category, called Large Users. WestRock uses 15.52 million gallons of fresh water every day. The second company on the list of top 10 fresh water users is US Oil & Refining and that company uses 0.62 million gallons of fresh water each and every day.
The proposed methanol refinery, that has been paused, but we don’t believe that, should be classified as a Super User as the methanol refinery would use 14.4 million gallons each day if the water service permit were issued. That is where Save Tacoma Water stepped in with our Water Protection Petitions.
Petitions are circulating around our community right now. If you would like to sign one and have not run into one of our Citizen Lawmaking volunteers, please give us a call and we will be happy to mail the petitions to you. Just call Donna at (253) 209-7988 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.