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Hong Kong's unsustainable water policies

The water from the Dongjiang sustains more than 40 million people in the cities of Heyuan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. There is no reason why a sustainable water policy could not be a shared objective. Although we do not share the same system or procedures of managing potable water, authorities on both sides of the border must at least share principles and best practices on preserving water sources and improving water quality.

Friday, 22 March, 2013, 4:02am 2 comments

Desalination an answer to China's water needs

Desalination is viewed by some as a panacea for China's water shortage. It, however, consumes a lot of electricity, placing a strain on the country's power sector that ironically is being held back by its water shortage.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:22am

Raise charges to cut water waste

Innovation is as much about setting an example for others to follow as coming up with new ideas. Hong Kong's water management has certainly been innovative, overcoming the obstacle of finding enough water for a large population living in a city with insufficient natural resources to adequately meet its needs.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HK agrees to pay Guangdong more for water

Hong Kong will pay HK$11.2 billion to continue importing water from the Dongjiang, or East River, in Guangdong under a three-year deal that locks in the flow of up to 2.46 billion cubic metres as competition for water grows among Chinese cities.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Water crisis must be given highest priority

Farmers bearing the brunt of the drought ravaging the nation's southwest have a right to be angry.The government has poured a considerable chunk of the proceeds from three decades of sustained economic growth into massive infrastructure projects, but ensuring a steady supply of a basic element of existence - water - has been neglected.

2 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Desalination 'not needed for at least 20 years'

Desalination could provide the largest new supply of fresh water for Hong Kong - at a cost, according to the Water Supplies Department.

But water from the mainland should adequately meet demand for the coming two decades, it says in a paper.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Thirsty work

It would cost HK$50 billion to build a desalination plant and secure Hong Kong its own supply of drinking water, the environment chief has revealed. Do you think this is money worth spending?

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12 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Desalination plant would cost HK$50b: Sarah Liao

It would cost HK$50 billion to build a desalination plant if Hong Kong wanted its own drinking water supply, the environment minister told legislators yesterday.

The estimate was unveiled as part of a feasibility study into desalination to be ready later this year.

11 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Why we need to explore our water supply options

Hong Kong has built numerous reservoirs and reached costly agreements with Guangdong to pipe water here to secure a reliable supply. Now, desalination has emerged - for the second time - as a possible alternative.

11 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Suspect extradited from Singapore in theft case

A 55-year-old man wanted for theft committed nine years ago was extradited from Singapore yesterday.

He is due to appear in Eastern Court today.

He is wanted in connection with a case in which US$852,200 from his client's bank account was transferred to his account in 1992 and 1996.

15 Apr 2005 - 12:00am


Lawmakers rejected a motion by non-affiliated Lui Ming-wah urging the government to study the latest desalination technology to prepare for the long-term drinking water needs of Hong Kong. The Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works, Sarah Liao Sau-tung, said the cost of desalination was still higher than buying water from Guangdong.

5 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Water pipe plans revealed

Chinese officials have revealed plans to supply water to nearby Taiwanese islands despite Taipei's rejection of the offer.

Officials from Fujian province and Xiamen city yesterday announced plans to transport cheap drinking water to Taiwan-controlled Quemoy.

30 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Firm's head confident for future

CONSTRUCTION Maintenance Industrial (CMI) head Mr Ugo Tori is so confident about the future of Hongkong that he has already decided to stay beyond 1997.

Mr Tori, who joined CMI in 1990, said he was also confident about the emerging China market and hoped to see more Italian companies moving into the region to take advantage of its economic potential.

2 Jun 1993 - 12:00am