A working group led by Mayor of Ulaanbaatar S.Batbold reviewed wastewater treatment, freshwater resources, and mining operations in Nalaikh District last Friday.
Officials consider new wastewater treatment facilities
The working group discussed increasing the number of wastewater treatment facilities around Ulaanbaatar after seeing the stable and steady operations of a wastewater treatment facility in Gorodok Town in 5th khoroo.
Officials said they were impressed with the facility’s efforts to manage the local wastewater problem and to reduce the workload of the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ulaanbaatar.
Mayor S.Batbold underlined that wastewater treatment is becoming a serious issues as more people settle within the capital and said, “This wastewater treatment facility in Gorodok Town uses the same kind of technology used by large treatment facilities worldwide. We need to expand it. I believe that districts and ger areas near the suburbs need to have this kind of facility.”
The Mayor also touched on waste management problems, emphasizing the need to process industrial and household waste separately.
G.Chuluunbat, the director of the locally-owned company Chandmani Nalaikh, which manages the facility, responded, “Our treatment facility utilizes biological treatment methods. The greywater that comes out of our facility can be used to irrigate trees and a large agricultural field. In other words, it’s possible to establish an authority in charge of nurseries and reforestation here. I believe that this will be very beneficial to the economy of Nalaikh District.”
The wastewater treatment facility in Gorodok Town was commissioned in July 2015, to prevent wastewater from flowing into the Tuul River. The facility is capable of treating 1,000 cubic meters of water a day using biological methods and microorganisms, but right now, it treats a daily average of 300 cubic meters of wastewater.
Mayor to resolve land issues for reservoirs
Afterward their visit to the wastewater treatment facility, the working group visited the district’s main freshwater generator, located north of Gorodok Town. The generator supplies 30 percent of Ulaanbaatar’s freshwater and is capable of extracting 72,000 cubic meters of water a day. Currently, the generator extracts around 50,000 cubic meters of water a day.
“The city authority will pay special attention to water supply and its conservation. We will resolve issues related to the ownership of land in protected zones for water reservoirs,” Mayor S.Batbold assured.
Nalaikh mine to undergo rehabilitation
Mayor S.Batbold ordered Deputy Mayor J.Batbayasgalan to immediately make a reclamation plan for the Nalaikh mine, as the surrounding area is in urgent need of rehabilitation.
Locals have complained that mining operations have degraded the nearby area, to the extent that they can’t distinguish whether it is a residential area, mining site, or a dumpsite. Representatives from the Nalaikh District Mayor’s Office asked Mayor S.Batbold to pay more attention to mining operations and their negative impact.
Nalaikh mining operations are said to be responsible for many deaths and significant damage to people’s health over the past 10 years. Last year, eight people died while working at the Nalaikh mine, and another person died during a mine collapse earlier this year, Nalaikh officials stated.
Due to these accidents, local authorities were said to have closed 18 mine entrances.