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Hong Kong's unsustainable water policies

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.

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Pressure on river spells the end of our low water bills

My water bill arrived in the post the other day.

According to the government's Water Supplies Department, in the four months between mid-January and mid-May, I used 25 cubic metres of the stuff, which because of the remorseless logic of the metric system, equals 25 tonnes of water by weight.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

The disgusting and dissipating source of HK's miraculous drinking water

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Split responsibility wastes our water

Everyone is fretting about the need to restructure the government. Here is my modest proposal, which targets only two low-level departments, rather than high-and-mighty policy bureaus. But I think it would have an immediate and positive impact, and make our city much more environmentally conscientious. So start the drum rolls: let's merge the Drainage Services and Water Supplies departments.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Study urges HK rethink on water amid climate change

Hong Kong should devise a water policy that goes beyond cross-border negotiations over supply and pricing in light of rising climate change threats and competition for the precious resource, a local think tank says.

5 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

HK's offer to use less water rejected

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 it was unnecessary for Hong Kong to cut back on its intake from the Dongjiang, a tributary of the Pearl River, according to the city's director of water supplies, Ma Lee-tak.

12 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Journalists' group complains at police inquiry on columnist

8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

'Substantial' rise planned in Dongjiang water rates

Guangdong plans to increase water prices for users along the Dongjiang, or East River, to encourage conservation, according to the provincial Water Resources Department.

9 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Droughts of the brain

Water rationing was perhaps the most unforgettable experience of my childhood in the early 1960s. Long queues of empty buckets lined the streets of Hong Kong, marking people's places in line as they waited for water to be delivered from neighbouring Guangdong's Dongjiang, or East River.

20 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Payouts for cleaner water

Hong Kong and mainland authorities should find a way to compensate people and businesses along the Dongjiang who would be affected by steps to reduce pollution of the city's main water source, local and mainland environmentalists agreed at a forum yesterday. Financial incentives could be given to residents and factories whose livelihoods were affected.

30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Rent row over historic restaurant

A Hong Kong restaurateur has denied raising the rent on a Guangzhou restaurant opened by a forebear 120 years ago in order to force its operator out of business.

Andrew Chui Shek-on, who manages Hong Kong's Tai Ping Koon restaurants - modelled after Taiping Guan in Beijing Road in Guangzhou - returned to Hong Kong yesterday to 'allow things to cool off'.

1 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Every effort must be made to ensure water is safe

Hong Kong residents have heard much about the cost of importing most of the city's water supplies from the Dongjiang, or East River, in Guangdong. Less often mentioned are questions about the quality of the water and the rising levels of pollution in the region surrounding the river.

12 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

$524m savings sought on water bill

Hong Kong is aiming to reduce its supply from the mainland

Hong Kong could save at least $524 million on its water bill every year if it strikes a deal with mainland authorities on reduced imports from the Dongjiang river.

23 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Shenzhen rations water, but supplies to HK not affected

The border city says the cuts could get worse if last year's drought continues

Water supplies to Hong Kong from Guangdong have yet to be affected by a drought which has brought water rationing to parts of Shenzhen.

3 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

HK touts pay-as-we-use water deal

Environment chief says the proposal, which would see ceiling on supply scrapped, could reduce waste

Hong Kong has proposed paying only for water it uses - an idea that could conserve water for Guangdong, the environment chief said yesterday.

23 Oct 2003 - 12:00am