urban jungle

This week: Pollution in Deep Bay

A report by WWF on pollution in Deep Bay and its threat to Mai Po and the Inner Deep Bay makes disturbing reading. The Mai Po marshes in Yuen Long are an important site for migratory birds.

Friday, 2 March, 2007, 12:00am

Crushing blow

If Causeway Bay seems unbearably crowded on those days when the throngs of pedestrians are so dense there isn't room on the pavements, imagine what life will be like 20 years from now. According to new government statistics, the population is predicted to grow from the present 6.29 million to 8.21 million.

6 May 1997 - 12:00am

Surcharge industries targeted

The printing, motor and tobacco industries should be asked to pay a trade effluent surcharge, according to a consultant's report.

30 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Sewage tariff sparks anger at meeting

RESTAURANT managers voiced their anger again yesterday over the extra sewage charges.

They told legislators at the environmental affairs panel meeting the Government's formula for calculating the charges was unfair.

The formula is based on 80 per cent of water used.

10 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Prevention better than cure

SINCE when has Victoria Harbour been a fragrant harbour? The fact that it was ever fragrant is certainly debatable.

What cannot be contended however is that, at one time, people actually swam in its relatively clean water. Today such an act would be considered one of sheer madness, with so many boats and raw sewage.

16 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Restaurants in water deal

WATER discharge from 80 restaurants will be tested for waste levels under a deal reached between the Government and the catering industry to re-determine the trade effluent surcharge.

Restaurants have to pay a surcharge of up to $9.12 per cubic metre of water used in addition to a sewage disposal fee of $1.2 per cubic metre.

26 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Restaurants to fight charges

MANY of the territory's 8,000 restaurant owners will refuse to pay the controversial sewage surcharge bill from today.

Notices have been sent to restaurant owners, saying they will be fined and their water cut off if the bill is not paid within two weeks.

The restaurant owners say the Government's polluter-pays scheme will drive them out of business.

9 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

User pays for treatment

I REFER to Ronald Arculli's column which queried the different rates chargeable to restaurateurs (South China Morning Post, June 1).

6 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Dumping effluent no solution

THE Sewage (Strategic Disposable) Scheme is being persisted with by the Government with all the inflexibility at its command and, apparently, careless of annoying mainland China. Why? The objections are mainly environmental and the Government has often said that it cares about the environment. The objections are closely reasoned and make a great deal of sense.

10 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Firm guilty of sewage pollution

PROPERTY management firm Colliers Jardine Property has been fined $100,000 for pumping inadequately treated sewage into waters around Cheung Chau.

It was the fourth effluent discharge offence committed by the company and the third in the Cheung Chau area.

18 Aug 1993 - 12:00am