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Valmet donates water filters to Keng Zhen Central primary school in China

Valmet Corporation's press release on September 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EET

Valmet has donated two sets of water filters to Keng Zhen Central primary school in Jiaxian, China to ensure access to fresh water and to make daily activities at the school easier. The new water filters were installed in the school canteen for drinking and cooking.   

"Our school is located in a mountainous area, which makes access to fresh water challenging. Our teachers need to walk down to the valley to get fresh water and carry it back to the school," says Mr. Zhang Jiangong, the principal of Keng Zhen primary school. "Furthermore, due to the saline soil, the underground water tastes bitter and salty."

Image: New water filter at school canteen

The school has previously pumped water from underground, since there is no water supply system in the town. Water tests also indicated that the water quality did not meet the national standards.

"I was very impressed when I saw the first group of children taste the filtered water: their immediate reaction revealed that it actually tasted different, and on top of that, it will surely have a significant impact on the overall wellbeing of the students and the school personnel," says Ms. Wang Hongmei, Marketing Communications Manager from Valmet.

To ensure proper functionality of the equipment, the donation included a service agreement with the equipment supplier. Valmet also provided second-hand computers to the students and promised to provide IT support.

The school project is part of Valmet's community programs. Valmet supports selected programs relating to science, research, education, environmental protection, nature conservation and youth activities.

Valmet delivered the first paper machines in China already in the 1930s and has had local operations in China since 1989. In China, Valmet currently has 2,100 employees, six production sites and three service centers close to its local customers.

Read more about the project at valmet.com or watch a video.

VALMET
Corporate Communications

For further information, please contact:
Anu Salonsaari-Posti, SVP, Marketing, Communications and Sustainability, Valmet, tel. +358 50 453 4262
Laura Puustjärvi, Head of Sustainability, Valmet, tel. +358 50 337 4473

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