Water supply deal must be more flexible

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 July, 2002, 12:00am

Erinyes Chow of Greenpeace China expresses concern about pollution in the Dongjiang River 'Hong Kong must help with river clean-up' (South China Morning Post, July 16).

While her claim that water for consumption in Hong Kong is deteriorating as a cause of the worsening water quality in the river is not correct (what comes through our pipes is well treated and perfectly safe drinkable water of a constant high quality), I agree that Hong Kong must help with the river clean-up.

It is high time the government came up with a sustainable water supply initiative.

Rather than paying a lump sum and wasting $5 billion on a closed aqueduct, the government should formulate a more flexible agreement with the Guangdong authorities to help preserve vital freshwater reserves.

This could stop us wasting tonnes of water as we have been doing over the past five years. With this flexible deal everyone who depends upon the Dongjiang River will benefit in the long term. The SAR and Guangdong administrations should work together to set up and enforce stringent water pollution controls.

We can all do our bit by reducing the amount of water we consume in our homes.


Tai Po