Baimei: solutions for water shortage
Baimei is a small village of 70 people in the Yulin region that receives its drinking water from a natural spring through locally constructed piping and a freshwater storage tank. During festivals or in the summer, water consumption increases, causing a water supply shortage that seriously affects both the villagers and their main livelihood, chicken farming.
To solve this problem, some villagers have suggested diverting water from nearby mountains to the village with pipes, and building a large water storage tank. Unfortunately, lack of village funds and insufficient government support have delayed the implementation of these plans, making partial project funding from Stora Enso and Kemira a necessity. During the project, a total of 5 400 metres of piping from another natural mountain spring will be constructed, and three water storage tanks varying from 3 to 50 cubic metres will be built. To test various water treatment methods, a non-chemical UV disinfection mechanism will also be put in place. This should guarantee a sufficient water supply to increase local agricultural production and improve quality of life.
A facelift for village sewage system
As people will have a better supply of water, there will be an increase in water usage. This will cause an increase in sewage as well. However, the village currently lacks a proper sewage treatment system. Individual households may have their own septic tanks but community sewage is not collected for waste water treatment in a systematic way. This has resulted in water being contaminated by animal and human waste and may cause serious implications for the village environment in the future, unless sewage treatment facilities are constructed along with water quality improvements. To address this issue, a large factory-made septic tank will be installed, along with 500 metres of sewage piping. 62 m2 of wetland will be constructed downstream the new tank. As in Nahupo, the artificial wetland will function as a natural and low-maintenance water purification system.
Construction of the new water supply system has already begun in Baimei. Two 3 m3 storage tanks have been built, and a 50 m3 tank along with nearly 2 800 metres of water supply piping will be in place by mid-May. Stay up to date with the progress in Baimei by following the tag “Baimei.”