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The Answers to Water Pollution

Water pollution poses serious ecological threats that endanger aquatic life and put human health at risk. In China's northeastern region alone, over 80% of rural underground water is deemed undrinkable based on a 2016 government report by the China Ministry of Water Resources. It will take a communal effort by the public, private, and academic sectors to ensure the safety of the earth's most precious resource over the coming decades.

The lAS Summit Hong Kong - Inventing Today Imagining Tomorrow for Water Pollution Control, led by Prof Guanghao Chen of Civil and Environmental Engineering, brought together over 150 water professionals, academics, regulators, policymakers, and students to discuss the latest trends in water sustainability and explore the best way for multiple sectors to work together to combat water pollution.

Seventeen water experts from institutions in Australia, China, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, and the US were invited to share their experiences and breakthroughs in the development of future systems and technologies for water pollution control. A diverse range of important topics were covered, including the concept of sponge cities to address floods, the use of nanotechnology in water treatment, and the development of urban water-use systems adapted for climate change.

lAS Summit Hong Kong - Inventing Today Imagining Tomorrow for Water Pollution Control (Oct 20-22, 2016)