Essar Steel Algoma maintains a consistent program to treat process water in compliance with the strict requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Environment. More than eleven chemical parameters are monitored regularly to ensure the quality of water discharged from operations. In 2010 and 2011, all of Essar Steel Algoma's water effluent discharges were significantly below legislative requirements during normal operations, with five elements consistently registering less than the detection limit.
As an Industrial Energy Innovator, Essar Steel Algoma strives to conserve all natural resources. This includes the efficient use of and recycling of water. The installation of water recirculation systems in both the Direct Strip Production Complex and the blast furnace significantly reduces the demand for water, enabling us to recycle over 45% of our water.