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  1. News - China - POLLUTION

    Dongguan authorities admit water from Dongjiang not fit to drink

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... Fiona Tam fiona.tam@scmp.com Dongjiang water not fit to drink Dongguan authorities have admitted for the first time that water from the city's section of the Dongjiang, or East River, ... rivers, supplies drinking water to Hong Kong and a dozen Pearl River Delta cities including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dongguan and Huizhou. The water used by Hong Kong does not come from the Dongguan ...

  2. Greenpeace alert over unsafe drinking water

    Posted Mar 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Kang-chung More than half of Hong Kong and Guangdong residents surveyed by Greenpeace said they were concerned about water pollution along the Pearl River. Thirty-seven per cent of the 1,106 respondents said the water quality was not good, with 83 per cent attributing it to industrial sewage. A Greenpeace spokeswoman said more than 7 million people in Guangdong were drinking ...

  3. Scientist says drought may turn tap water salty

    Posted Nov 07th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of Sciences' Guangzhou-based Institute of Geochemistry, said. He said the water in Zhuhai and Macau would definitely become salty as most drinking water intake points in the two cities had already been ... storage in the two main reservoirs of the East River- the source of drinking water for the 45 million residents of southern China's major cities, including Hong Kong. 'If not, we [in ...

  4. To avoid a future crisis, Hong Kong needs to come up with a water plan

    Posted Jul 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... drinking water standard, which is more strict than that of the mainland. It seems that under 'one country, two systems', we are guaranteed this water. But is this really the case? ... Hong Kong has survived many uncertainties and crises in the 15 years since the handover. However, we are still failing to plan ahead of time and think in a broader perspective. Water ...

  5. Fresh-water crisis looms for Macau

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... Fox Yi Hu in Macau Salinity keeps rising despite assurances Dwindling reserves are continuing to push up the salinity of Zhuhai's and Macau's drinking water after the latest ... water to Macau at a salinity of 600mg a litre. As a result, the salinity level of Macau's drinking water is drawing close to 600mg a litre. However, the Macau Water Supply Company has ...

  6. Hong Kong to be spared the salty tap-water woes of Macau

    Posted Jan 17th 2005, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Freda Wan

    ... of drinking water because I have a family of four people and a dog,' said Wong Ping, a housewife. Today, the salinity level is forecast to reach 420 milligrams per litre in Macau. The World Health Organisation standard is 250 mg/l. However, the WHO standard sets comfortable taste as a criteria. Drinking high-salinity water might affect infants, the elderly, or people with certain ...

  7. Macau urged to cut back on water

    Posted Nov 08th 2009, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... a major contribution to the salt-tide problem. In 2006, the salt tide left Macau's tap water unsuitable for drinking. ... Fox Yi Hu Macau is being urged to cut back on water use as a persistent drought along the Pearl River forces its mainland neighbour Zhuhai into emergency rationing. The Zhuhai government ...

  8. Our low prices encourage wasteful use of water

    Posted May 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... biggest consumers of bottled drinking water. Although one-third of Hong Kong's area has been set aside for rainfall catchment, the amount collected falls far short of what is needed ... Clean water is taken for granted in Hong Kong. We don't think twice about turning on a tap because charges are low and supplies plentiful. But rising demand and climate change mean we ...

  9. HK's offer to use less water rejected

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu, Joyce Ng

    ... as most of the affected areas were away from the Pearl River. What was most urgently needed in these areas was irrigation water, rather than drinking water. Ma said Hong Kong would have sufficient ... Fox Yi Hu and Joyce Ng An offer by Hong Kong to take less water from Guangdong has been turned down despite persistent drought in the Pearl River Delta. Guangdong water officials said ...

  10. Worldwide war on water must be won

    Posted Mar 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... without access to reliable sources of drinking water or proper sanitation continues to grow. The figures are now 880 million and 2.6 billion, respectively, according to the Organisation ... In a news pool dominated by the global financial crisis, World Water Day yesterday did not make a big splash. That does not reflect its importance. Of all the days singled out ...




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