China, People's Republic of: Urban-Rural Integration Water Distribution Project

Nonsovereign Project | 47923-001

Access to safe and reliable water is a basic human need that remains unmet for hundreds of millions in the PRC: one in two (700 million) are forced to consume water below WHO standards. Furthermore, an imbalance in the quality of water supply is observed. Rural and semi-urban communities are particularly disaffected, bearing disproportionate impact on economic livelihoods and health. About 53% of rural residents lack household tap connections, relying instead on wells and other communal supplies for basic supply. In those communities water is supplied often below national quality standards, caused by inadequate treatment and/or contamination from pipelines with high leakage during distributions. The proposed project will support China Water Affairs Group Limited (CWA)_ in expanding water distribution network into semi-urban and rural communities.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Wong, Yee To
    Private Sector Operations Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    3 December 2013
  • Country/Economy
    China, People's Republic of
Project Name Urban-Rural Integration Water Distribution Project
Project Number 47923-001
Borrower / Company China Water Affairs Group Limited
CHINA WATER AFFAIRS GROUP LTD.
SHANGHAI SILVER DRAGON INVESTMENT LTD
Country / Economy China, People's Republic of
Location
Type or Modality of Assistance
3071 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 100.00 million Committed
63 B-Loan Commercial Lenders USD 100.00 million Committed
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Infrastructure Finance Division 2
Responsible ADB Officer Wong, Yee To
Project Sponsor(s) CHINA WATER AFFAIRS GROUP LTD.
Description Access to safe and reliable water is a basic human need that remains unmet for hundreds of millions in the PRC: one in two (700 million) are forced to consume water below WHO standards. Furthermore, an imbalance in the quality of water supply is observed. Rural and semi-urban communities are particularly disaffected, bearing disproportionate impact on economic livelihoods and health. About 53% of rural residents lack household tap connections, relying instead on wells and other communal supplies for basic supply. In those communities water is supplied often below national quality standards, caused by inadequate treatment and/or contamination from pipelines with high leakage during distributions. The proposed project will support China Water Affairs Group Limited (CWA)_ in expanding water distribution network into semi-urban and rural communities.
Objectives and Scope ADB's assistance would finance CWA's plan to invest in (i) expanding existing water utility networks into adjacent semi-urban and rural communities; and 9ii) establishing, through construction or acquisition, new water treatment and distribution hubs in secon- and third-tier cities that have the potential for urban-rural integration. ADB will extend financing on a subproject-by-subproject bases, subject to a set of defined environmental, social, development, and financial criteria.
Status of Operation/Construction on track
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

ADB's country partnership strategy for the PRC is based on three development pillars: (i) inclusive growth and balanced development, (ii) resource efficiency and environmental sustainability, and (iii) regional cooperation and public goods. The project reinforces each pillar and will be an integral part of ADB's overall support for rural-urban development in the PRC. It is consistent with the strategy's support for private sector development as a driver of change.

The project is consistent with ADB's Water policy, which emphasizes integrated water management, water conservation, and system efficiencies.

Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The environmental impacts are not significant and are mostly construction-related. They can be mitigated through the adoption of good engineering practices.
Involuntary Resettlement Resettlement impacts are not expected to be significant as (i) rehabilitation of water treatment plants and distribution networks will be within the existing facilities or within the available road reserves; (ii) for new facilities, the municipal governments normally complete land acquisition, resettlement, and rehabilitation (if needed) prior to handing over the sites to China Water Affairs; and (iii) expansion of distribution networks in unserved areas will be within the available road reserves.
Indigenous Peoples Impacts on indigenous peoples are not anticipated as the plants are typically located in areas where the population is primarily Han.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance -
Credit Committee Meeting -
Approval 03 Dec 2013
PDS Creation Date 01 Oct 2013
Last PDS Update 07 Oct 2022

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