By using much more rainwater, HK can reduce imports from Guangdong

The important issue of Hong Kong's future water security was raised by Su Liu of Civic Exchange ('To avoid a future crisis, Hong Kong needs to come up with a water plan', July 7).

Monday, 16 July, 2012, 12:00am

Flood control system takes top prize

An innovative plan to combat flooding in Happy Valley by building a huge tank under the racecourse that can store enough storm water to fill 24 swimming pools has won an international award for innovation.

The Drainage Services Department has taken the top prize for planning in the International Water Association's Project Innovation Awards for East Asia.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Two hikers die in flash flood

Two hikers whose bodies were found in a stream yesterday were probably washed away by a flash flood in Pat Sin Leng Country Park on Sunday, police said.

They believe Wong Chi-kin, 24, a secondary school teaching assistant, and his friend Hung Wai-man, 25, a social worker, were taking a rest by the Ping Nam stream at about 2pm on Sunday when the deluge struck.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

China's limitless thirst for water

Water is a resource no living creature can do without. As the world's poulation increases, there is a greater demand for water, not just for drinking, but also for farming and industry. China is the most populous nation in the world, but it has only 8 per cent of the world's water resources. Some 80 per cent of these resources are in the south of the country.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Future sold down the river

In almost riverless Beijing, a length of the once-proud but long-arid Yongding River is running again.

As part of a 17 billion yuan (HK$20.8 billion) reclamation effort, water now fills 30 kilometres of river bed in the capital's western suburbs, a stretch parched for nearly three decades.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Survey raises alarm over polluted water

A government survey has shed rare light on a less talked about aspect of the mainland's water woes: massive contamination of groundwater.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Death in flood an accident, court says

The drowning of a 72-year-old man in his Sheung Shui village house in a downpour caused by a typhoon last year was accidental, the Coroner's Court found yesterday.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Pollution of water sources to be tackled

Beijing has pledged to pursue a decade-long battle against widespread pollution of underground water sources that put the health of more than 400 million people at risk.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Hu gives top priority to boosting water projects

The central government wants a comprehensive water system in place by 2020 to safeguard the nation's crops and to combat future droughts and floods - like those that have taken a hefty toll on the country so far this year.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Academics win award for more accurate flood forecast system

Researchers from Hong Kong and the mainland have developed a system that improves flood forecasts by 10 to 20 per cent compared with earlier methods based on individual experience.

22 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing considers tapping more water from Hebei

Beijing is considering increasing groundwater extraction and pumping more water from arid Hebei province to ease a chronic water shortage ahead of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

13 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Banking on potable water as asset class

Just over two years ago, residents of the lakeside city of Wuxi flooded the city's supermarkets in search of bottled water. A massive blue-green algal bloom outbreak in Wuxi's famed Lake Tai had contaminated tap water supplies for millions of the city's inhabitants, setting off waves of panic buying.

13 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

A scientific hunger for feeding the people

Zhang Jianhua grew up as a farm boy on the mainland. The plant physiologist understands what it is like to go hungry. The hardships of China's 800 million farmers today are not an abstract problem for him. Rather, they are an intimate part of his past.

11 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Tap water falls short of standard

Pearl River Delta

Samples from tap-water sources in Guangzhou and Shenzhen failed to meet provincial potable water standards in the first half of this year, pointing to a lack of awareness about the need to protect water resources, mainland media have said.

9 Sep 2008 - 12:00am


Kids love it because it means no school, but here's one we don't want to see this weekend - the black rainstorm warning, the severest level of alert for heavy rain in Hong Kong after amber and red. Black means likely road flooding and traffic congestion. It is normally raised between April and September but with this week's gloomy forecast we could be in for a soggy Sevens.

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am