SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 21st, 2018 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its plan to increase the number of water-wise communities to ten from currently six by the end of 2018. The plan aims for a better rainwater harvesting and management, improving water cycle in the city and taking pre-emptive actions against climate change.
At these neighborhoods, rainwater harvesting facilities are installed to capture and store rainwater in the pores of soil or for human use, for instance, watering kitchen gardens or cleaning front yards. They decrease the volume of runoff, contain potential pollutants, and increase the amount of water entering the ground. Harvesting rainwater is a viable way to reduce, reuse and replenish water sources in response to a number of urban problems caused by urbanization and climate change.
For successful implementation, the scheme requires active involvement and cooperation of the communities they most affect. That is why a total of six neighborhoods have been selected by the end of 2017, and another four – Songjeong-dong of Seongdong-gu, Jeonnong-dong of Dongdaemun-gu, Ui-dong of Gangbuk-gu, and Doksan-dong of Geumcheon-gu – are newly designated for this year. The selection was based on whether it is possible to form a residents community, whether diverse rainwater management facilities can be installed, if it will amplify the synergy with other related plans, and the like.
The city government will hold workshops participated by experts and engineers as well as residents to draw up feasible plans and implementation methods. Around 300 million to 400 million won ($277,000 to $369,000) per neighborhood will be invested in facility installations and operations.