China's 'sponge cities' aim to re-use 70% of rainwater

"Chinese cities are struggling with flooding in urban, concrete areas.

Sponge cities aim to capture and utilize this rainwater.


China's sponge city initiative has an ambitious goal: by 2020, 80% of urban areas should absorb and re-use at least 70% of rainwater.

Launched in 2015 in 16 cities, the initiative seeks to reduce the intensity of rainwater runoff by enhancing and distributing absorption capacities more evenly across targeted areas. The resulting groundwater replenishment increases availability of water for various uses. This approach not only reduces flooding but also enhances water supply security."