Article | Oct 18, 2017

Tackling water shortage in China

UPM Raflatac China cooperates with China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF) to help solve the shortage of drinking water in western parts of China. A charity project called Water Cellar for Mothers is helping rural families in drought-stricken areas by building high-quality wells, pools and water cellars.

Many problems arise because of serious water shortages around the world. Water shortages are linked to e.g. education of farmers, agriculture production, diseases and deaths.

Moni Town, located in Xuyong County, Luzhou, Sichuan Province, is one of the places that is suffering from water shortage. The teachers and students of Heini Primary School have to get their drinking water from a place that is 3 kilometres away from the school. This has influenced the normal life of over 300 students and teachers.

Until now, drinking water was collected with buckets about 3 kilometres away from the school.

A new water purifying facility for Heini Primary School

The charity project “Water Cellar for Mothers” by China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF) aims to help rural women and their families in western China to better resolve their difficulties in getting safe drinking water by transformation of drinking water supply system and reconstruction of hygienic facilities. The projects are carried out with donated funds.

With a donation from UPM Raflatac China, CWDF is able to purchase a new water purifying facility and a handwashing facility for Heini Primary School and the installation work is anticipated to be done in the beginning of 2018. The new facilities will guarantee safe, high-quality drinking water and improve its hygienic condition for Heini Primary School.

For UPM Raflatac China, the cooperation with CWDF accords well with UPM’s target of responsible water use. It also supports UPM’s position as The Biofore Company and promotes UPM Raflatac’s growth platform in Asia.

The Water Cellar for Mothers project builds water purifying facilities like this.

“We wanted to participate in this important project as a part of UPM’s Biofore Share and Care Programme which reflects our commitment to building a sustainable, innovation-driven future by sharing our expertise and assets for causes we care about. The work of CWDF has benefitted more than 2.5 million people, winning wide recognition of governments at all levels and different sectors of the society and resulting in remarkable influence in China and abroad,” says Sharon Xiao, Sustainability Manager, APAC, UPM.

In addition to responsible water use, the focus areas of UPM’s Biofore Share and Care programme are: Reading & learning, engaging with communities and boosting bioinnovations.