China’s largest underground wastewater recycling plant moves ahead

Xylem has been selected to support the development of an underground wastewater recycling plant in China as part of a wider government initiative...

Content Dam Ww Online Articles 2016 05 China

Content Dam Ww Online Articles 2016 05 China

BEIJING, China –Xylem has been selected to support the development of an underground wastewater recycling plant in China as part of a wider government initiative.

The aim is for the new 31 hectare Huaifang wastewater recycling plant will ease sewage treatment pressure currently being experienced in the south of Beijing and improve the water quality of the Liangshui River.

The underground wastewater recycling facility will house four 160 square metre bioreactors, producing recycled water to level four (IV) of Environmental Quality Standards for Surface Water. This means that the water can be used for landscaping, industrial, municipal and other purposes.

Xylem has provided ten water inflow lifting pumps, 320 mixers for the bio-treatment process aeration pool, 52 pumps for the membrane filtration of the water reuse process and two pumps for transporting treated wastewater to an above-ground wetland area.

As an underground treatment plant the aim is for the facility to reduce land occupancy as well as containing any noise and foul odours emanating from the plant.

Among more than 600 cities across China, almost half of them suffer from water shortages.

Beijing, China’s vast and densely populated capital city, is one such city currently facing an acute water shortage and recycled water has been identified as an important component of the region’s future water supply portfolio.

In 2013, the Beijing Municipal Government launched a three-year plan to expedite the construction of wastewater treatment and water recycling facilities in order to increase reclaimed water supply to 4.13 million cubic meters per day, or 1.1 billion cubic meters annually in the Beijing region.

Grey water will be used for industrial and municipal purposes while sludge will be treated and reused as landfill as well as forest soil enrichment.

Shuping Lu, president of Xylem China, said: “The development incorporates advanced, energy-efficient technologies that will significantly contribute to a sustainable, water secure future, while also delivering valuable ecological co-benefits.”

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