Daegu establishes a “Water-themed Daegu” basic plan that emphasizes the development of the water industry and the environmental characteristics of water to create an image of “City of Water, Daegu” together with its citizens.
Daegu Metropolitan City plans to strengthen its strategies for the development of the water industry and establish a comprehensive plan that highlights the water health and environment to enhance the city’s image as a global “City of Water, Daegu” together with the support and participation of its citizens.
Daegu has been established as a city of water since the old days due to its great water quality, and the textile industry has grown as a major industry in the city due to clean water. In particular, since affirming the importance and industrial value of water by hosting the World Water Forum in 2015, Daegu has been building its status and image as a city of water and water industry in South Korea by creating a water industry cluster and attracting the Korean Institute for Water Technology Certification.
As interest in water quality increased in 1991 after phenol was detected in the water supply system in Daegu and water’s industrial aspect became more prominent, Daegu plans to establish a comprehensive plan to strengthen the environmental aspect of water, which had so far been somewhat neglected, and simultaneously promote both the development of the water industry and eco-friendly urbanization.
In order to put the plans into practice, Daegu has established four strategies and core projects as the city’s 20 tasks. The four promotion strategies include: “establishment of the world's best water management system,” “Daegu where the water flows,” “water and carbon neutrality,” and “fostering the water industry.”
For the first strategy, “Establishment of the world’s best water management system” through the use of the latest technologies, the core projects include: 1) the establishment of the digital twin-based water supply system, 2) 96.5 percent water flow rate project, 3) the provision of safe water supply through an extremely high level of water treatment, 4) 100 percent accuracy in grouping rainwater from wastewater, and 5) the creation of a virtual water promotion center using smart wastewater management as well as AR and VR metaverse.
The plan is to establish a safe and secure water supply system by digitally disclosing underground water and sewerage systems to Daegu citizens, and to promote cutting-edge water and sewerage management to expand demand for products that use new technologies for water companies.
The core projects of the second strategy, “Daegu where the water flows,” include: 1) the construction of Daegu's Sincheon Stream, where water from the Nakdong River flows, into an ecological river, 2) a project to reopen covered rivers in the city, 3) “Sponge Daegu” through the network of streams and rainwater circulation, 4) turning “healing tourism with water” into a resource, and 5) the creation of a landmark-type waterfront space.
Through the core projects in this strategy, the city aims to provide psychological and physical stability to its citizens by creating a space where leisure activities and culture coexist by water that citizens can easily access and enjoy in their daily lives. In addition, Daegu plans to recover small streams, which extend like veins throughout the city, and turn them into ecological streams and healthy ecological spaces with biodiversity.
The core projects for the third strategy, “Water and carbon neutrality,” include: 1) the establishment of a comprehensive digital management system for water supply and sewerage, 2) turning water supply and sewerage sludge into resources, 3) the creation of a carbon certification system in the water sector, and 4) turning microalgae into resources.
This strategy aims to achieve carbon neutrality through integrated water management, such as reducing energy and increasing efficiency of the water treatment and purification process, which consumes a lot of energy, and recovering effective resources to turn them into carbon resources.
The fourth strategy is “fostering the water industry,” and its core projects include: 1) the creation of the Daegu 21 water technology standard that is a level higher than the national standard, 2) the development of Daegu’s star water companies, 3) the establishment of a K-water network that is linked with the water management organizations across the country, 4) overseas expansion of the K-water industry, and 5) nurturing water specialists to create a virtuous cycle.
This strategy aims to discover and support water companies with high growth potential, provide customized support for each growth stage of strong but small water companies by setting growth goals, and foster water experts tailored to the needs of water companies to create a virtuous cycle in the water industry.
These strategies and projects will help Daegu establish itself as a leading city in resolving water-related issues, such as the water supply and sewerage management and problems of the Nakdong River, with the water industry and water technology. They will also allow people to be able to see flowing water from anywhere in Daegu, improving the living environment for its citizens and boosting positive sentiments and psychological and physical health. Moreover, the strategies and projects are expected to create 50 water companies with over KRW 10 billion in sales and 10,000 new jobs.
Daegu’s Mayor Kwon Young-jin said, "The water industry is connected to many areas of government administration, and Daegu is leading the industry, but this is an important time to check domestic and global conditions such as diversification of water sources and respond promptly."
He emphasized, “Since water directly affects the people, we will constantly think about how to provide safe, comfortable and convenient municipal services to our people so that we can carry out the basic plan properly.”