Saturday, December 22, 2001
Earth Tech begins work on China plant
Long Beach-based Earth Tech announced Friday it has broken ground on the Xi Lang wastewater treatment plant for the city of Guangzhou, China.

The $120 million joint venture project of Earth Tech and the Chinese government is the first Sino-American agreement of its kind.

Guangzhou, with 5 million residents, is a major international trade city in southern China, about 100 miles from Hong Kong and, according to Earth Tech, a city that faces severe environmental challenges due to double-digit population growth.

The plant, which is scheduled to open in 2004, will serve one of the city's major business districts. It is one of the first privately funded municipal wastewater projects in China . A second phase will open later and double the plant's capacity.

Earth Tech will design, build, finance and operate the facility under a 20-year lease.

The environmental management and engineering company is headquartered in downtown Long Beach and employs more than 8,000 people in more than 160 offices around the globe.