Georgia-Pacific water compliance technician Brett Lundy helps keep the Foley mill in Perry, Florida, humming. Sampling water, running lab reports and analyzing results, Lundy is all about being proactive and ensuring total compliance with the mill’s water usage standards. This commitment is also personal. That’s because a quality job from 9-to-5 also means quality time for recreation in the water for the lifelong Gulf Coaster and his family.
“I spend a lot of my time on the water and under the water. It’s important for me to know what’s going into it, and I have a role in that because I’m the wastewater compliance officer here. So, to me, it’s very important that the water is protected so my kids and I can have fun in it. One day, my grandkids can, too.”
A devoted scuba diver, Lundy and a team of volunteers built an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico from metal donated by the Foley mill in 2013. A year later, Lundy returned to the site to find the reef thriving with fish, barracudas and all.
“It’s neat to go see that,” said Lundy, who adds that he would love to find a way to incorporate scuba diving into his work.
The former consultant spent nine years chasing the job he now holds at the Perry mill, embracing his role in maintaining a quality environment for his family, his friends and the whole Gulf Coast.
“Koch is not scared to spend money on initiatives that have positive environmental impacts,” said Lundy, recalling a conversation with a consultant who worked for Florida’s state environmental agency for 25 years and who praised the mill for its proactivity. “And I think that is the way the Koch philosophy is: Be more proactive on everything you do.”
At the Foley Cellulose mill, near Perry, Florida, we have collaborated with the city of Perry to use reclaimed wastewater to help cool our equipment. Foley re-uses an average of 315,000 gallons per day of reclaimed water from the city. That adds up to about 115 million gallons of water annually that the mill doesn’t take from other freshwater sources.