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  1. News - Hong Kong - OMBUDSMAN

    Residents forced to pay for water services around their flats for 16 years

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 04:33am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Two government departments slammed for 'passing the buck' over water services, leaving residents to pick up the tab for maintenance Flat owners left high and dry for 16 years Flat owners on a private housing estate were forced to pay for the maintenance of water services in surrounding streets for 16 years, an Ombudsman report has ...

  2. Wen calls for more, safer drinking water

    Posted Aug 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen Governments at all levels must secure drinking water for urban areas, Premier Wen Jiabao told a State Council meeting yesterday. Mr Wen said the most urgent issues were substandard or polluted drinking water sources in some urban centres and the inability of some cities to generate enough supplies. He said outdated infrastructure in some cities also contaminated ...

  3. Water to drink- but at a price

    Posted Mar 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for it can be found in Hong Kong, a 10-hour bus ride from the village at the head of the Dongjiang, the river from which the city draws its water. Under measures imposed since 1985, most of the economic activity in the area has been shut down to preserve the purity of the water supplied to Hong Kong and cities in Guangdong. Now, apart from the children and left-behind old folk, ...

  4. More than 40pc of drinking water unsafe in countryside

    Posted Feb 19th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma More than 40 per cent of drinking water in rural areas of the mainland is unsafe, a national survey of drinking water and rural sanitation has found. The worrying figure ... supplies come from underground sources, and 46 per cent of underground water was found to be unsafe, while 40 per cent of surface drinking water was unsafe. Fifty-five per cent of rural drinking ...

  5. Many areas face shortage of clean drinking water

    Posted May 17th 2008, 12:00am by Fiona Tam, Josephine Ma

    ... the relief workers and soldiers are short of water. Doctors warned that clean drinking water would be crucial to the control and prevention of epidemics and only bottled water should be used for drinking. Yue Lin, who was in charge of sanitation teams after the Tangshan earthquake in 1976, urged the central government to secure clean drinking water because most water supplies were likely ...

  6. Drink bottled water? No way, say councillors

    Posted Jul 28th 2008, 12:00am by Petti Fong

    ... vacation years ago. He only did so, he said, because of strong warnings against drinking from a tap. 'Never,' said Mr Stevenson when asked if he had bought bottled water in Vancouver. 'I would never think of drinking bottle water. There's no reason why anyone needs to drink it in Vancouver.' The councillor, who is also head of the region's water committee, ...

  7. 60pc of Yellow River's water unfit to drink

    Posted Dec 14th 2006, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi The health of China's second-longest river is worsening, with 60 per cent of the Yellow River's water now unfit to drink. The rate of its deterioration is alarming, ... Water Resources Commission. 'Level three means the water is tolerable for drinking, which means it's still safe to drink after certain treatment,' said Ma Jun, head ...

  8. More funding for food, rural drinking water

    Posted Mar 31st 2008, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee The mainland's powerful economic planning body has allocated 73.9 billion yuan (HK$82.1 billion) to boost agricultural production and tackle the problem of drinking-water ... be invested to bring safe drinking water to 32.05 million drought-affected people. The drought threat was highlighted recently in a national survey showing that more than 40 per cent of drinking water ...

  9. Pollution leaves 50,000 villagers without clean drinking water

    Posted Nov 07th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan More than 50,000 villagers living on the lower reaches of Hebei's Futuo River have no clean drinking water because of serious water contamination upstream, a local official and state media said. Despite going down to a depth of 120 metres, well-diggers searching for clean supplies found only red- or green-coloured water in Hengshui's Anping county, just ...

  10. News - China Insider - CHINA DIGEST

    Teacher held in Beijing over rape claim; Fake spring water in Henan; Hunan customs seizes iPhones

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 05:45am by Staff Reporter

    ... students who paid up to 20,000 yuan each. The university told them their receipts were fakes and that they could not admit them when they arrived to start classes on Tuesday. Fake spring water Tap water has allegedly been sold as spring or purified water to customers in Zhenghzou, the Henan Business Daily reports. The newspaper found that a water company was selling large containers ...




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