China initiates ‘sponge city’ program in face of water shortage

Global Business

Water shortages are giving rise to the transformation of Chinese cities into what’s called ‘sponge cities’ where rain water is collected rather than allowed to run off. In April, the Chinese government announced that 16 cities will take part in the Sponge City pilot program. CCTV’s Han Bin filed this report from Shanghai.

China initiates \'sponge city\' program in face of water shortage

China initiates \'sponge city\' program in face of water shortage

Water shortages are giving rise to the transformation of Chinese cities into what's called 'sponge cities' where rain water is collected rather than allowed to run off. In April, the Chinese government announced that 16 cities will take part in the Sponge City pilot program.

  • In Shanghai, an architect is designing solutions to quench the thirst that comes with growing urbanization.
  • The new concept may help reclaim a lost way of life by keeping as much water as possible.

Jennifer Turner on China water solution

For more on China’s water issues, Phillip TK Yin spoke to Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
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Jennifer Turner on China water solution

Jennifer Turner on China water solution

For more on China's water issues, Phillip TK Yin spoke to Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center.