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EditPhoto Title:New Solutions for Pollution in Rural China
EditPhoto Description:Establishing innovative sewage treatment facilities and promoting eco-friendly agriculture
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EditImage Description:The project area of Gonggashan N.R.
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The mo​untain ar​​​ea of sout​hwest China is critical for the freshwater supply of more than 20 million people, providing an essential resource for sustaining human well-being and economic growth.

Rural sewage pollution is a significant contributor to the nonpoint source pollution in this area. Nonpoint source pollution is mainly caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground; as the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and ground waters.

​Previously, few affordable and effective solutions existed to prevent the threat of rural sewage pollution and resulting public health problems, especially in mountain areas. With funding from HSBC, this project will pilot and promote an innovative strategy to control the nonpoint source pollution in mountain areas of southwest China.


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Edit Item Text:CI will build innovative unpowered waste water and sewage treatment systems in five mountain villages and monitor the results of treatment to verify the systems’ effectiveness.
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Edit Item Text:CI will promote eco-friendly agriculture in pilot communities to control the pollution from overuse of chemical fertilizer and pesticides. CI will also work with villagers to plant safer and healthier food for better prices.
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Edit Item Text:CI will help the pilot communities build their own management plan for the sewage treatment system and community environment, and ensure the long-term maintenance and operation of the system.
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EditImage Alt Text:The spring of one of the project sites near Gonggashan N.R.
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EditSubtitle:6 sewage treatment systems built
EditText:Six sewage treatment systems have been built in five communities with an ability to purify waste water produced by about 560 residents in these communities.
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