Because Nahupo has not had a working wastewater management system, it has suffered from dirty water flowing on its streets. One source of water contamination is pig farming. Pigs produce large amounts of manure that gets into Nahupo’s water because of poor sewage, but it also attracts insects. Insects and wastewater spread diseases, which is why Nahupo’s dilemma is not only a visual nuisance but also a serious health issue.
During the Water Stewardship Project, Nahupo residents have had the opportunity to fix this problem. The suggested solutions are low-cost and low-maintenance because the villagers need to be able to sustain them unaided in the future. Village leader Qin Shugang explains how the project is helping:
Wetland construction in progress
Nahupo’s wastewater issue is being tackled with a dual system of artificial wetland and sewage piping. The villagers decided to start with the wetland because the rainy season would have interfered with laying pipes. The foundation for the wetland has been finished, and next the villagers will plant the vegetation that will become Nahupo’s wastewater purification system. While the plants are growing, the sewage piping will be put in place. Once the construction is finished and the villagers have been trained in proper maintenance of their new systems, pig manure will no longer spoil the view. This way, the project supports Nahupo’s goal of becoming a green and beautiful village and boosts local livelihoods by cleaning up the pig farms and by providing clean water for the fish pond. Shared value for all, fish and pigs included.