Improve the way water is used - Kirkniemi Mill

Yes, I care.

Because water is one of the essential ingredients in the paper making process. It is recycled several times within various mill processes in order to minimize the consumption of fresh water. Rigorously enforced environmental standards ensure that the wastewater is always fully treated before leaving the mill.

As part of my job, I am constantly looking for ways to improve the way water is used within the Kirkniemi mill. One of the challenges is to balance water usage and resulting waste water flow to ensure even operating conditions at the effluent treatment plant.

By taking the time to analyse the situation, we have designed a clever piece of software that can calculate and communicate the water balance status within the mill at any given time. The tool has been very effective and is used in every production department to support waste water flow management, further improving the performance of the effluent plant.

I make Sappi eco-effective. How about you?

Timo Mäkelä, Development Engineer , Kirkniemi Mill.