Seoul’s Star City: A rainwater harvesting benchmark for Korea

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Courtesy of IWA Publishing

A successful rainwater harvesting (RWH) project in the Korean capital, Seoul, has prompted a revision of water policy for the city as a whole and looks set to provide the impetus for increased interest in RWH in other Korean municipalities.

Built on a 6.25 hectare site originally owned by Konkuk University, the project answers the classic problem confronting municipal authorities in highly developed urban areas. Development usually means previously permeable surfaces are ‘hardened up’, leading to high runoff rates during storms.

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