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Living Water Garden on the Fu and Nan Rivers

A look at China's living water garden in Chengdu. This floating ecological living machine—a gorgeous botanical garden—is restoring open sewage canals.

Living Water Garden photo essay

The Living Water Garden, located in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China, is a 5.9 acre inner-city natural water treatment system that treats 200 cubic waters of polluted water every day from the Fu and Nan Rivers.

Although the amount of water treated is not enough to improve overall river water quality, the garden provides education and inspiration—the park even has its own environmental education center. Every part of the park is accessible to visitors.

Since its completion in 1998, the garden has become Chengdu's most popular park.

To view the photo essay, click here.


The Living Water Garden was conceived by environmental artist and founder of Keepers of the Waters Betsy Damon.

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