Finnish companies Stora Enso and Kemira have started the construction work for pilot projects addressing water-related issues in three villages in Guangxi Province in Southern China.
Helsinki/Finland; Beijing/PR China – These projects are part of Stora Enso and Kemira’s three-year corporate responsibility initiative on water stewardship and shared value creation. Launched in 2013, this initiative strives to enhance the responsible use of local water resources in collaboration with villagers, non-governmental organizations and the Chinese authorities.
The aim is to improve water supply and sewage treatment, and to provide solutions for water shortages and quality problems. After the construction phase, tailor-made training will be provided to all villages. The goal is to ensure that locals have the capacity to use water responsibly in the future and to maintain the constructed water management solutions on their own.
The three tiers of the project are as follows:
Baimei Water Supply and Sewage Treatment, Yulin Region
Baimei suffers from water shortages that affect both the villagers and their main livelihood, poultry farming. The village also lacks a proper sewage treatment system. The project team will construct a new water reservoir measuring 50 cubic meters and lay a total of 5,400 meters of water supply pipes. This should guarantee a sufficient water supply and increase local agricultural production. To address the sewage issue, 500 meters of water sewage pipes will be laid and around 60m2 of artificial wetland will be constructed.
Nahupo Sewage System, Nanning Region
Nahupo lacks a coherent sewage system, and the existing infrastructure needs improvement as untreated wastewater often overflows onto streets and green areas. The project will focus on wastewater management, constructing septic tanks, some 2,000 meters of drainage piping, and 500 m2 of artificial wetland.
Solutions for Water Shortages and Quality in Shengping, Qinlian Region
Shengping village has a well that during flooding often becomes contaminated with river water. The project team will deepen and renew the well, renovate the local water treatment plant, and train plant personnel to operate the plant more efficiently. Some 4,800 metres of new drinking water pipes will also be laid, bringing better quality drinking water to 2,200 villagers.
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