Drinking Water

China still tests bottled drinking water using 'Soviet standards'

Nongfu Spring water is sold in Beijing. The brand saw its sales of bottled water drop after a newspaper investigated its quality standards. Photo: Ricky Wong

China still follows regulations adopted from the Soviet Union to test bottled drinking water, the Beijing News reported on Thursday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Zebrafish helps push the frontiers of research

The tiny zebrafish has aided in many scientific discoveries.

Zebrafish are unsung heroes of contemporary science. The humble tropical freshwater fish is an under-appreciated species that has helped scientists worldwide to make new discoveries and develop new technology.

28 Apr 2013 - 4:58am

China's deadly water problem

China's deadly water problem

In the past two weeks, more than 16,000 dead pigs have been fished out of the Huangpu River, near Shanghai, and its tributaries. Outraged Chinese citizens have decried government negligence of the environment, flooding online forums with photos of riverbanks dotted with puce-coloured carcasses.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am 4 comments

Over 1,000 deads ducks found in Sichuan river

Over 1,000 deads ducks found in Sichuan river

The decomposed bodies of more than a thousand ducks have been found on a river in Pengshan county, Sichuan, following the dumping of more than 10,000 pigs in the Huangpu River in Shanghai earlier this month.

26 Mar 2013 - 4:40am

Number of dead pigs pulled from Shanghai rivers nears 15,000

A man rests while his co-workers load bodies of dead pigs picked up in a river into a vehicle in Jiaxing city, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Photo: AP

The number of dead pigs found in a river which runs through Shanghai had reached nearly 15,000, officials and reports said on Tuesday, as a newspaper claimed the government was concealing the true tally.

19 Mar 2013 - 10:29pm

Dead pigs pulled from rivers in and near Shanghai top 13,000

A worker hauls away dead pigs with a net in Zhonglian village of Jinshan district in Shanghai. Photo: AP

About 9,500 have been retrieved from the Huangpu River, a source of more than a fifth of the city's drinking water, as workers pulled nearly 500 more pig carcasses from the waterway yesterday. Upstream, the government of Jiaxing said it had recovered around 3,600 from streams in its jurisdiction.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am 1 comment

Shanghai's dead-pig flotilla needs explaining

Nearly 3,000 dead pigs have been found floating in Shanghai's main waterway, the Chinese city's government said on March 11 as residents expressed fears over possible contamination of drinking water. Photo: AFP

Shanghai residents could be excused for feeling shocked and outraged after the city's waterway was found choked with dead pigs. Over the past week, thousands of rotting carcasses were seen drifting down the river that flows through the city. More disturbing is that little is known about how it happened. Nor do we know what is being done to contain the problem. Given the potential threat to public health in the region, the lack of transparency and protection is regrettable.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am

Number of dead pigs found in Shanghai river rises to 3,323

Dead pigs are strewn along the riverbanks of Songjiang district in Shanghai, China. Photo: AP

Chinese officials have found a total of 3,323 dead pigs in a Shanghai river as of Monday afternoon and discovered swine virus in one of them, but they have stressed that the disease is not known to be infectious to humans.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:56pm 6 comments

Beijing couple's tap water protest goes down the plughole

Zhao and husband Li in video

A Beijing couple who said last week that they had not drunk tap water for two decades because of health and safety concerns told state media yesterday that the quality of the capital's drinking water was good and up to international standards.

8 Jan 2013 - 5:07am 1 comment

Beijing researchers abstain from drinking city's 'deteriorating' tap water for 20 years

Nitrate levels in Beijing's tap water system is edging closer to the maximum limit. Photo: SCMP

Nitrate levels in Beijing’s water system are edging dangerously close to the maximum limit set by the state, according to a Beijing couple.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:45pm 1 comment

Quality of treated water in Hong Kong complies fully with WHO guidelines

We would like to thank Vandana Marino for expressing her concern about the quality of Dongjiang water and Hong Kong's water supply in her letter ("We must know more about pollution levels", August 30).

The Water Supplies Department monitors the quality of Dongjiang water and has put in place measures to safeguard the quality of Hong Kong's drinking water.

14 Sep 2012 - 2:50am

Business caught in grip of mainland water crisis

The mainland may face a crippling water shortage by 2030 unless more is done to raise storage capacity, with supply disruptions already affecting at least 11 provinces and some businesses, analysts warn.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Student grime fighters help youngsters clean up their act

Form Four student Siu Hiu-ki, 15, spent three hours last Wednesday after school attending a puppetry course led by instructors from the Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education, learning scriptwriting, prop sewing and performance techniques.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Poll to plumb patterns of water usage

How long do you spend in the bath and how often do you wash your dirty clothes?

These are two of the questions pollsters will be asking when they interview Hongkongers for a HK$700,000 study to help officials come up with ways to cut water use.

They will also record the size of the bathtub and the type and size of toilet tanks in the house, among other things.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

It's the potential that matters

If you're looking to drive your career forward, software-as-a-service company Meltwater could be the right choice for you. 'Sometimes people think they need to cut their teeth at the lower levels first,' says Chris Regester, Meltwater's regional director for Asia. 'But we're saying that if you get a lot of intensive training, you can very quickly rise through the ranks.'

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am