China Today (English)

Building Water-frugal Cities


Water conservati­on has been systematic­ally promoted in Chinese cities during recent years. Since 2015, 50 cities have been selected to host the pilot program of building sponge cities, which aims to address both urban flooding and water shortage by harvesting rainwater. As of the end of 2021, 130 cities had met the national criterion for water conservati­on.

Meanwhile solid progress has been made in the reuse of wastewater. Last year 16.1 billion cubic meters of water was reclaimed in Chinese cities, an increase of 18.9 percent over 2020. According to relevant authoritie­s, functionin­g water circulatio­n systems will be developed in urban areas, and the awareness of water conservati­on will be promoted among urban residents as part of the effort to pursue high-quality urban developmen­t.

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