• China builds first sewage treatment plant on river to Russia
  • People's Daily 2010-06-08 15:53 Jade
  • Low Carbon Network News:   ThefirstmodernsewagetreatmentplantontheChinasectionoftheSuifenRiver,knownastheRazdolnayaRiverinRussia,hasbegunoperating,saidawateraffairsofficialinDongningCounty,northeastChina‘sHeilongjiangProvinceThursday.

    “Theplanthasbeendesignedtofullytreatsewagethatisdischargedintotheriverfromthecounty,”saidZhaoDecheng,anofficialwiththeDongningWaterAffairsBureau.

    TheSuifenRiverrunsfor443km,ofwhich258kmisinChina,andemptiesintotheSeaofJapanthroughRussia.TherearenobigcitiesontheupperstretchesbeforeitreachesDongning,whichhasapopulationof210,000.

    hecountyborderingRussiaproducesabout9,000tonsofsewageonaverageaday,and13,000tonsatthemaximum,saidZhao.

    Hesaidtheplanthadadailytreatmentcapacityof20,000tonsanditwouldbeupgradedto30,000tonsinthefuture.

    Hedidnotgivethescheduleoftheplant’supgrading.

    “TheriverwaterwillreachChina‘sbestlevelofriverwaterquality,afterbeingprocessedbytheplant,”hesaid.

    Hesaidbeforethesewagetreatmentfacilitywasbuilt,theplantusedchemicalstotreatsewageinanoxidizationpoolbeforeitwasdischargedintotheriver.Themethodcouldnoteffectivelydisposeofpollutantsinthesewage.

    Theplantisbuiltatacostof88.53millionyuan($12.97million)andconstructionbeganinMay2009.Itsequipmentishighlyautomatedandonly14staffareneededforthedailyoperationoftheplant,saidZhao.