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China, People's Republic of: Western Counties Water and Wastewater Management Project

Nonsovereign (Private) Project | 49066-001 Status: Approved

The proposed project will support build and operate water, wastewater and solid waste associated facilities to optimize the cities environmental infrastructure in the PRC. There is significant synergy in water, wastewater, and waste management nexus. The treatment volume of tap water influences the design capacity of wastewater treatment plants. The proposed project is expected to improve efficiency in design, construction, and resource management throughout the value chain.

Project Details

Project Officer
Roberts, Scott C. Private Sector Operations Department Request for information
Country
  • China, People's Republic of
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Western Counties Water and Wastewater Management Project
Project Number 49066-001
Borrower/Company Beijing Capital Co., Ltd.
Country China, People's Republic of
Location Chongqing, Gansu Sheng, Guizhou Sheng, Hubei, Hunan, Ningxia Huizu Zizhiqu, Qinghai Sheng, Shaanxi, Sichuan Sheng, Yunnan
Type or Modality of Assistance
7455/3304 Loan USD 150.00 million Approved
7455/74 Other USD 150.00 million Approved
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Rural sanitation

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban sewerage - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Infrastructure Finance Division 2
Responsible ADB Officer Roberts, Scott C.
Project Sponsor(s)
Description The proposed project will support build and operate water, wastewater and solid waste associated facilities to optimize the cities environmental infrastructure in the PRC. There is significant synergy in water, wastewater, and waste management nexus. The treatment volume of tap water influences the design capacity of wastewater treatment plants. The proposed project is expected to improve efficiency in design, construction, and resource management throughout the value chain.
Objectives and Scope

The project is designed to optimize water and wastewater infrastructure portfolio in the western counties and townships in the PRC. The project involves the construction or acquisition, upgrade and/or expansion of water and wastewater infrastructure and associated facilities during 2016 2018, and operation and maintenance thereafter on a concession basis.

Unit costs of delivering small-scale environmental infrastructure are significantly higher than large-scale urban infrastructure. The project aims to minimize overall costs by adopting (i) a comprehensive multisector approach, and (ii) cost-competitive technologies.

Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project is consistent with ADB's Midterm Review of Strategy 2020, which identifies infrastructure and environment as two of four strategic priorities. On infrastructure, the project is in line with the strategy's focus on water supply and sanitation, as well as with its emphasis on PPP. On the environment, the project mitigates water pollution and health threats, and promotes environmentally sustainable growth.

By supporting inclusive growth and environmental sustainability, the project addresses two of the three development goals of ADB's country partnership strategy for the PRC and aligns with its sector focus on environment protection, water management, and pollution control. It strongly complements ADB's ongoing initiatives in wastewater treatment and water pollution control in urban areas, past policy advisory support for tariff reform, and ADB's recent advisory work on the sanitation needs of smaller cities and towns.

Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

The project is classified as category B for environment. The potential environmental and social impacts of the project have been identified and effective measures to avoid, minimize, mitigate, and compensate for the adverse impacts are incorporated in the safeguard reports and plans. The updated ESMS will ensure the Borrower's

capacity to conduct future subprojects in line with ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement and include detailed subproject selection procedure and criteria.

The potential environmental impacts will be reversible and are not unprecedented. The impacts associated with the construction of sewage and water supply network are mainly noise and vibration during excavation works. Traffic congestions and nuisance to communities from road works are manageable as the subprojects are located in small towns. Potential impacts during operation for wastewater treatment include effluent quality, sludge management, noise, odor, and possible generation of toxic gases. Potential impacts during operation for water supply facility include over extraction of water resources, delivery of unsafe water caused by raw water pollution, and adverse impacts associated with the use of chlorine and other chemicals. Subprojects with impacts associated with raw water supply and sludge management will be avoided in the subproject selection process. Other impacts can be mitigated through the adoption of good engineering practices.

Subprojects will be screened and categorized according to ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement. The updated ESMS will include detailed screening procedures and criteria. ADB will not finance any category A subprojects. Initial environmental examinations including environment management plans will be prepared for ADB-funded category B subprojects. The ESMS will cover other activities such as the manufacturing and installation of decentralized wastewater treatment modules for communities.

Involuntary Resettlement The project is classified as category B for involuntary resettlement. The audit finds that land acquisition is expected to be in the vicinity of urban and nonresidential areas, which will avoid any physical displacement in the buffer zone around water and wastewater treatment plants. Land acquisition, compensation, resettlement, and rehabilitation are not expected to be significant and, if needed, are normally carried out by local government agencies. The updated ESMS will include resettlement principles and procedures to ensure that ADB-funded subprojects are rigorously examined with regard to land acquisition and resettlement impacts. Should subprojects have involuntary resettlement impacts entailing physical and economic displacement, resettlement plans will be prepared and implemented by local governments prior to any construction activities in accordance with PRC laws and regulations and ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement.
Indigenous Peoples The project is classified as category C for indigenous peoples. The corporate audit finds that the project is not expected to have any impacts on ethnic minorities. The ESMS will include social safeguard screening procedures to ensure there are no adverse impacts on ethnic minorities.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 02 Mar 2015
Credit Committee Meeting 17 Aug 2015
Approval 08 Oct 2015
Last PDS Update 23 Sep 2015

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