City Interventions

Handan Wastewater Treatment

Country: China
City: Handan

Key Stakeholders and PartnersHandan City Government; Handan Municipal Drainage Company

Project Preparation Study PeriodFebruary 2010 – February 2011

CDIA SupportUS$ 250,000

Expected Downstream FinancingUS$ 31.5 million (National Government)

Infrastructure sectorsWastewater Management

CDIA priority impact areasEnvironmental Improvement; Good Governance

Key City Development Issues

Handan is one of the major producers of textile, steel, ceramics, grain and cotton in China. Faced with an extremely deficient water resources, the city has prioritized water conservation and water recycling in its 2008-2020 Handan City Development Master Plan. In 2008, the city has initiated an environmental infrastructure program aimed at 100 percent treatment and recycling of wastewater generated within the city. This program identified five infrastructure investment priorities including: (i) upgrading of the East waste water treatment plant; (ii) upgrading of the West waste water treatment plant; (iii) building of the North sewage treatment plant; (iv) building of the South sewage treatment plant; and (v) construction of sludge treatment facilities in all waste water treatment plants in the city.

Details of Cooperation

CDIA provided technical assistance to the city of Handan in the preparation of the Handan Wastewater Treatment and Recycling Management Project aimed at expansion of waste water treatment facilities, recycling of water in the existing waste water treatment plants and upgrading of two additional waste water treatment plants in order to achieve the objective of 100 percent treatment and recycling of wastewater generated by the city.

Expected Development Outcomes

The project is expected to improve the quality of wastewater discharge of WWTPs to Level 1 standard while meeting the demand for recycled water by key industries within the city. Ultimately, the project will contribute to the improvement of the living environment of some 800,000 city residents (about half of whom are women) and help conserve the scarce water resources of the city.


Key City informationLand Area: 457 sq. km.
Population: 4.0 million (2019)
City website: n/a

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