RWL Water Group: Pilot Wastewater Project in Mongolia Supports Wood Production

German researchers launched a pilot project in Mongolia designed to provide residents with a sustainable solution for treating their wastewater, which includes the use of effluent for fuel-wood production. The Integrated Water Resource Management in Central Asia: Model Region Mongolia (MoMo) project, developed by scientists from Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung, addresses three key water management problems facing residents: a lack of appropriate sanitation; increasing water scarcity; and deforestation caused by the high demand for heating materials. Conditions in the region — which include lengthy winters with temperatures as low as -40°C plus extended hot and dry periods with sand storms — are significant challenges for the people of Mongolia as well as any infrastructure they might consider building. Any pipes, for example, need to be at least 3.5 and 4.5 meters below ground to prevent freezing. Also, any conventional biological components to a wastewater treatment system need additional, cost-prohibitive assistance such as heating or specialized housing to work properly in the extreme temperatures. To read the full article, click herePilot Wastewater Project in Mongolia Supports Wood Production

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