PT pulp operations expected to restart today

PORT TOWNSEND — As rainfall boosts city reservoirs, Port Townsend Paper Corp. announced it could resume full operations at the mill today.

The company, which shut down its pulp machine Nov. 1 to save water in the midst of continuing drought-like conditions that depleted city water supplies, said full production would likely resume and 20 workers temporarily laid off would be brought back today.

“Our hope is to start up by Sunday if things continue on this course,” said Chuck Madison, Port Townsend Paper vice president of human resources.

The mill gets its water from Port Townsend’s Lord’s Lake and City Lake reservoirs, which draw from the Big and Little Quilcene rivers.

City Water Operations Manager Bob LaCroix said streamflows have increased in those rivers due to rain that began falling last Tuesday.

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