Wa­ter ex­perts to visit China

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG LINYAN in New York

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.

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