The situation

Fuzhou, a city of more than 7 million people in southeast China’s Fujian province, is criss-crossed by rivers and canals. For many years, some of those inner-city rivers were stagnant, turning black and smelly. The combination of very populated river banks, dirty water flowing into the city and lack of flow created the problem.


Another resident, 90-year-old Jiang Shouxiang, says, “Before, it was ragged and worn here. It was like a very small and stinky sewage ditch.”

The Fuzhou people’s experience is not unlike that in other cities in South China, according to Song Zhiguo of Beijing Enterprises Water Group. He is also General Manager for the Fuzhou Water Environment Project. “The water system in Fuzhou is typical for cities in South China, where people like to live by the water,” says Song Zhiguo. “Management of black andsmelly water in city river channels is a hot topic right now in China.”

Officials knew they needed to create flow in the water, but due to lack of space around the rivers, traditional pumping stations and accompanying reservoirs were not possible.

The solution




The outcome


He says the pump gates are not only moving the water, but they have a beautiful design, making it easy to integrate them into parks. Some even function as meeting and recreation areas for the residents.

The local people agree. “They have been able to make the water come alive. It is no longer dead and smelly water,” says Hehua, a retired resident who used to be chairman of her community.


Jiang Shouxian adds, “After the transformation, the river is very nice. Very nice. I am 90 years old, so I have seen it all. It is a good place. I am very happy. That’s why I can live this long.”






Beijing Enterprises Water Group

“Residents are very pleased that we have brought clean water to their doorstep,” says Song Zhiguo, General Manager, Fuzhou Water Environment Project, Beijing Enterprises Water Group. He is standing at one of the new pump gates in Fuzhou.





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