Introducing the Pilot Projects
This short series of blog posts tagged under “Introducing the Pilot Projects” will give a glimpse into what Stora Enso and Kemira are doing to improve water supply and management issues in Guangxi. We start the series with a short description of each pilot project. In the following weeks, each project will be introduced in more detail under the tag “Introducing the Pilot Projects.”
Nahupo, Nanning region: wastewater management
Nahupo lacks a uniform sewage system, and the existing infrastructure needs improvement. Currently, untreated wastewater overflows onto the streets and natural areas. The project team will focus on wastewater management, constructing septic tanks, drainage piping, and wetland in order to meet the quality requirements for discharged water.
Shengping, Qinlian region: water quality issues tackled
Shengping village has both a well and a water treatment plant. However, there are problems with the water quality of the existing well. During flooding, the well is often contaminated with river water. In addition, the water treatment plant is not currently operated according to its original design as water runs through it without any treatment. The project team will deepen the well and renovate the water treatment plant. New pipes for drinking water will also be laid, ensuring better quality drinking water to 2 200 villagers. The project team wants to make sure that the water treatment plant remains operational long-term. This requires the collection of water fees that cover the operational costs and the employment of trained local personnel.
Baimei, Yulin region: water shortage and sewage treatment challenges
Baimei is a small village that receives its drinking water from a natural spring through self-constructed piping and a freshwater tank that is too small for the needs of all villagers. Water shortage has affected both the villagers and their main livelihood, chicken farming. The village also lacks a proper sewage treatment system. The project team will construct a new pipe from another natural spring and a new water reservoir, and lay a total of 5 400 meters of water supply pipes. This should guarantee a sufficient water supply and increase local agricultural production. Wetland will be constructed and sewage pipes will be laid to address the sewage issue.
Stora Enso and Kemira’s 3-year corporate responsibility initiative on water stewardship in Guangxi, China was launched in 2013. It strives to enhance responsible use of local water resources together with villagers, non-governmental organizations, and authorities. This collaboration will bring shared value to all project participants.
Stora Enso leases 85 613 hectares of land and manages eucalyptus plantations in the Guangxi province. Kemira offers leading expertise in water management, and the pulp and paper industry is one of Kemira’s key customer segments. By joining forces, Stora Enso and Kemira are bringing together the best expertise in forestry and water management to improve the lives and environments of over 2 600 villagers living in Guangxi . Local communities play a significant role in the effort, as the goal is to understand local issues and help the residents help themselves in the long run. Ideally, these pilot projects will produce solution models that can be applied in other villages elsewhere in the Guangxi province.