China builds “Sponge City” to fix its flooding woes

Jan 13, 2018, 4:00 AM EST
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China is remodeling its spaces to make them naturally permeable to water, a technique that’s proving handy in tackling flood situations as they worsen with burgeoning urban development every other season.

China’s Lingang district, renamed Nanhui New City, has ditched the concrete pavement structures of modern cities, instead of building up wetlands and green infrastructure that allows natural seepage at times of heavy rains and water flow, writes Green Matters.

Such sites referred to as “Sponge Cities,” are designed to channel about 70 percent of the runoff water into the ground as opposed to only 20 to 30 percent that currently seeps through in urban areas, notes Business Insider