SA water industry to help deliver stormwater program for China

13 October 2017

SA Government: South Australia’s water industry will help deliver a AU$400 million stormwater harvesting program with the Chinese city of Jinan.

Government delegates from Jinan, in Shandong Province, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with six South Australian businesses - known as the Australia China Sponge City Consortium – to deliver the stormwater harvesting pilot project and leverage a portion of AU$400 million being invested over four years.

The engagement of the Australia China Sponge City Consortium with the Jinan government is a first for the Australian water industry under the China’s Sponge City program.

Background

China's Sponge City program was launched in 2015 to help address the country's water resources, flooding and water scarcity challenges with billions of dollar pledged towards 30 cities across China.

The Australia China Sponge City Consortium includes Syntec Global, Alano Water, Water Data Services, Aqueon, Hassell and Australian Water Environments. The Consortium won the 2017 South Australian Smart Water Allwater Alliancing Award.

On 8 September Jinan and the Australia China Sponge City Consortium signed the MoU for the pilot project at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens during a visit from the Governor of Shandong province, His Excellency Mr Gong Zheng.

During the Governor’s visit the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and the Australia China Sponge City Consortium presented to the Governor on South Australia’s various water and environment expertise and the Governor expressed considerable interest in strengthening industry and government cooperation in these areas.

 

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