Kimberly-Clark works to reduce water consumption

May 16, 2017|

A major manufacturer in the region is on a mission to save millions of gallons of fresh water – and reduce industrial water demand on the Savannah River.

Kimberly-Clark’s Beech Island,  SC production facility, which manufactures Huggies diapers and Kleenex tissues, among other products – says it has received global recognition for its efforts to reduce its consumption of water from the Savannah River. By recycling and reusing waste water from its tissue manufacturing processes, the mill is saving over 200 million gallons of water a year – enough to fill over 300 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Kimberly-Clark’s efforts are reducing the demand on a critical water resource while making the mill’s production operations more efficient.

“The Beech Island Mill was selected for this award by an independent panel of judges drawn from industry and environmental organizations.

The Beech Island Mill draws its water from the Savannah River via the pool created by the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam which maintains the water supply for various communities and manufacturers in parts of South Carolina and Georgia.

“Our employees also appreciate that members of Congress stepped up last year to finally authorize funding for repair or replacement of the lock and dam,” said it’s Beech island mill manager.

“With so many businesses and residents depending on the water behind that dam, its current condition is a significant risk to the water supply and jobs in the area. The Army Corps of Engineers has nearly 200 years of experience building and managing lock and dam projects, so we’re relieved the agency has been engaged to design and build a solution.”

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