Water experts to visit China
the water technology sector,” Hogan said.
The main goal for the conferences is to have open and informative two-way conversations about China’s water challenges and how Wisconsin could provide solutions that contribute to the success of the sponge city objectives, and from that point begin taking steps to implement workable solutions with Chinese partners, said Katy Sinnott, vice-president for international business development for the WEDC.
Sinnott said the Wisconsin participants in the conference look forward to hearing more details about China’s sponge cities initiatives and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
During a trade venture to China in March, leaders from WEDC and the Water Council met with key government organizations responsible for the development of “sponge cities”.
Those meetings gave Wisconsin officials a better understanding of the water ecosystem in China and how “sponge cities” are being developed; they also laid the groundwork for the council and WEDC to jointly develop a strategy to help China address its water challenges.
“There is no one-size-fitsall solution to the water challenges facing China’s cities, which is why we look forward to speaking with officials in each region to learn more about their specific challenges and how Wisconsin companies can play a role in meeting those challenges,” Sinnott said.
“The bottom line is that regardless of the size and location or the level of access to clean fresh water it is imperative for every city to wisely manage the water that they do use,” she added.
The conferences will feature panels of Wisconsin experts discussing storm water management and efficient water use. More than 200 leaders from government, water technology companies and academia in both countries are expected to attend the two conferences, which will also have representatives from the two cities in attendance.
The Water Council is the only global fresh water consortium that deals with the full cycle of fresh water management, from water quality to flood management and water education.
“Through our established ecosystem of academic and research expertise, technological subject-matter experts and support at the regional and state level, we have a special opportunity to assist other countries in their endeavors toward developing ‘one-water’ cities,” said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of the Water Council.