American Society of Civil Engineers

Construction of Water Saving Society in China

by Jian Liu, Ph.D., M.ASCE, (PMP, Associate Professor, College of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Shenzhen University, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518060, China E-mail:, Peng Lou, (Chief Engineer, CPMP, Development Research Center of China’s Ministry of Water Resources, No.3, Yuyuantan South Rd., Haidian District, Beijing 100038, China E-mail:, Minghua Huang, (Senior Engineer, CPMP, Manager, Department of Water Environmental Design, Shenzhen Water Resources Planning & Design Institute, 9F, Shuiyuan Building, No.1098, Lianhua Rd. Futian District, Shenzhen 518036, China E-mail:, and Wen Xiao, Ph.D., (Director, Senior Engineer, Shenzhen Flood Control Administration Office, No.4, Xingzhou Rd., Futian District, Shenzhen 518038, China E-mail:
Section: Sustainable Development Posters, pp. 1-9, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: World Environmental and Water Resource Congress 2006: Examining the Confluence of Environmental and Water Concerns
Abstract: The water pollution and shortage have imperiled the living environment and the economic development. In order to solve the water shortage effectively, the Chinese government is making an appeal to the citizens for saving water and constructing a water saving society, except for construction of the giant South to North Water Transfer Projects to be completed in 2010. The essence of the water saving society is developing a water resources management system on the basis of water right and water market theory. The operation mechanism of constructing the water saving society and experiences are introduced, taking Dalian, Mianyang and Zhangye cities as examples. The amount of water usage can get the valid control by constructing the water saving society and making comprehensive use of water resources. Various water saving measures and policies should be executes as soon as possible to promote the sustainable development.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Water supply
Sustainable development
Water resources