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Harmac Pacific pulp mill in BC sees benefits from local water supply share agreement with town

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Harmac Pacific pulp mill in BC sees benefits from local water supply share agreement with town

February 08, 2012 - 08:32
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NANAIMO, BC, Feb. 8, 2012 (Local News) -Accessing the Harmac pulp mill's water licences to help provide Nanaimo's growing need for water would be a "win-win" situation for everyone concerned, according to Harmac president Levi Sampson.

Sampson said not only would the city avoid the costs, estimated to be more than $65 million, of building a new dam and storage lake as part of its water strategy, the environmental benefits of not having to flood a valley and install intrusive infrastructure in almost pristine natural areas south of the city would be "substantial."

The city is in the early stages of deciding whether to negotiate with Harmac to share the mill's water rights on the Nanaimo River to meet Nanaimo's growing demand for water, or to move forward with a new dam and storage lake within the current watershed.

Nanaimo Daily News - Harmac president says water deal a 'win-win'

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