World highest water treatment plant to open in Tibet

The world`s highest water-treatment plant built at Qamdo in Tibet will officially commence its operations this month.

Last Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 18:51 PM IST

Beijing: The world`s highest water-treatment
plant built at Qamdo in Tibet will officially commence its
operations this month.

The plant built at a cost of USD 14.95 million will serve
640,000 people of Qamdo and is the first modern
water-treatment plant in Tibet, which has a population of 2.8
million, Chinese media reported today.

A high mountain valley region on the banks of the
Lancang, Jinsha and Nujiang rivers, Qamdo is of strategic
importance in the environmental protection of Tibet, said a
prefectural government official.

The plant was completed and put into trial operation in
2008. Since then it has treated 4.58 million cubic meters of
sewage water and 1,575 tonnes of sludge with a daily sewage
treating capacity of 7,000 tonnes.

"We bought equipment from Germany, France and Finland.
The power of the engines is somewhat effected by the high
altitude, but the equipment is still operating quite well,"
said Yang Miyou, manager of the plant.

"Before the trial operation, sewage water was discharged
directly into the rivers," Yang said.

"The plant will undoubtedly improve the natural
environment and the quality of life in this area."

Tibet regional government has invested about 1.03
billion yuan in energy efficient and emissions cutting
projects in the last four years.

PTI