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Sewage Treatment

Hurricane Sandy dumped 41b litres of raw sewage into waterways

Mantoloking, New Jersey, after Hurricane Sandy struck in the US. Photo: EPA

Superstorm Sandy dumped 41 billion litres of raw and untreated sewage into US waterways from Washington to Connecticut, according to the science journalism group Climate Central. That's enough human waste to cover New York's Central Park in more than 10 metres of sewage, or fill 17,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, scientists said.

Thursday, 2 May, 2013, 5:07am

Pollution devastates rural areas, threatens farmland

Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui province. Photo: Reuters

Zhuang Guotai, the Ministry of Environmental Protection's director of nature and ecology conservation, said the accumulation of fertiliser, pesticides and animal waste - as well governments' neglect of sewage treatment - threatened the country's vital agricultural land.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:25am

Letters to the Editor, January 14, 2013

Recycled water can be used for plants. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Beauty of New Territories being ruined

I couldn't agree more with Guy Shirra's points ("Scrap unfair small-house policy now", January 9).

I am so disillusioned with this policy and with Hong Kong in general.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am 9 comments

Proposed Tai Po beach to made be safe for swimmers

Proposed Tai Po beach to made be safe for swimmers

If a controversial artificial beach proposed for Tai Po were to open today, it would be the dirtiest beach in the city.

Environmental officials, however, say a proper sewage system in the Lung Mei area, now under construction, will make the water safe enough for swimmers by the time the facility opens.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:59am

Keeping HK clean

When your bus crosses the bridge over the Shing Mun River, it is hard not to notice the giant cylinders below. These are the facilities of the Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Plant. Last month, our junior reporters ventured into the plant during its Open Day to find out what happens to the city's waste. Let's check out what they learned ...

Sewage treatment

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

New town going down the tubes

This time last year, they were busy preparing for Lunar New Year - steaming turnip cakes and getting ready for a big village dinner with family and neighbours. But this year, Choi Yuen Tsuen villagers will be spending the new year in flimsy temporary housing with a botched sewage system that leaks and overflows.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Despite bans, companies go on polluting river

While authorities along the upper reaches of the Han River promise to crack down on pollution, companies openly defy government bans and continue to pump their waste into the sky and water.

Such examples of illicit activities can be found in almost every village and county along the Han River. The Jinyuan Chemical Company in the suburbs of Ankang is just one of them.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Incinerator suggested to beat nasty whiff

Bad smell from landfill blamed on sewage mud

Building an incinerator will help reduce the bad smell spreading from a landfill in Tseung Kwan O, which has been taking sludge from sewage treatment facilities, a senior environment official said yesterday.

2 Feb 2007 - 12:00am


It's time for Sydneysiders to wake up and smell the coffee. Or, rather, the treated sewage.

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Greens call for one-off steep rise in sewage fees

A one-off, steep rise in sewage charges would be more effective than a 'gradual and affordable' approach in cleaning up the harbour, says a green group.

1 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Sarah Liao calls for higher sewage charge to clean up harbour

Environment minister says new rate will be affordable

The environment minister has asked the public to pay a 'modest' increase of 9.3 per cent in sewage charges in each of the next 10 years if they want a clean harbour that is suitable for swimming.

29 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

A clean harbour is worth a hefty price

Cleaning up the harbour is a bit like buying a car, according to one official. You choose the most appealing design - and then consider whether the price is worth paying. He has a point.

The purchase in question is that of a new sewage treatment system for Hong Kong. And if the plans published yesterday are fully implemented, we will end up with a luxury model.

22 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Let's find a way to pay for full waste treatment

The residents of Hong Kong have long known that a cleaner harbour would come at a cost, and with the imminent release of the consultation paper on the completion of our sewage treatment system, a proper debate on the merits of such spending can at last begin.

27 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

No way to treat our greatest asset

Singapore spent 10 years and $1.17 billion to clean up its river. Sydney spent the same amount of time and $377 million on restoring its harbour. Hong Kong spent 20 years and $8.2 billion to build a sewage treatment plant which, instead of cleaning the harbour, is further polluting it. What went wrong?

4 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Hong Kong must help with river clean-up

The monitoring data of the water supplied to Hong Kong that the Water Supplies Department released on July 2, showed what we at Greenpeace China have predicted.

The department revealed that the amount of E.coli found in the water from the Dongjiang River has risen by 83 per cent in the year to March.

16 Jul 2002 - 12:00am