Swimming Pool

Rant: no chilling in the pool

Illustration: Henrik Drescher

Hong Kong's water temperature in October hovers around a

Saturday, 27 October, 2012, 11:21pm

A big splash of waste

More than one million litres of fresh water go down the drain at five public swimming centres every day.

That's according to a new report, commissioned by the Water Supplies Department last year. It has sparked calls for better water management.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:08pm

Pool showers drain on resources

Some public swimming pools are operating inefficient showers that spray out as much as 14 litres of water per minute, an inspection by the South China Morning Post has found.

Visits to five local pool complexes found shower heads tested at two complexes failed to attain the top performing standards in water efficiency, while another two only just meet the top standard.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Water waste at swimming pools

More than one million litres of fresh water are going down the drain at five public swimming centres every day, the city's first audit of water use at government amenities has revealed.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Temporary lifeguards recruited to beat strike

A dozen lifeguards protested at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool yesterday as the Leisure and Cultural Services Department tried to hire temporary lifeguards to cope with a strike planned for the weekend.

About 800 lifeguards will strike on Sunday - the city's official Sport For All Day - as part of their campaign for an additional 400 staff to improve services at beaches and pools.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Surface tension

Do you remember learning to swim? One of my first memories is of being in a neighbour's pool with those annoying arm floats and trying, unsuccessfully, to swim under the water.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Riding waves to success

Form Five student Nicholas Lau Chak-lam's Olympic dream was inspired by watching the 10km open-water swimming race make its debut at the 2008 Beijing Games.

The reigning youth champion in Hong Kong's New World Harbour Race is too young to compete at next month's London Games, and has set his sights four years ahead - on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, in Brazil.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Smiths Beach Resort, Yallingup, Western Australia

What is it? Sleekly crafted, urban-style sophistication nestled within a rugged landscape. Just steps from a sweeping arc of sand, off which surf gods ride tubes of swirling foam, a stay here is about space and light and the freedom to explore nature's raw beauty - or simply look out over an endless Indian Ocean, glass of local Margaret River chardonnay in hand.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Pool closing hours making waves

Residents and district councillors are calling for a change of public swimming pools' closing hours, as some find their doors are always shut at the times they want to swim.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Plan to revive Water World

A new Water World on Tai Shue Wan that would combine a natural beach with man-made pools is being planned by Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lane change

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying has pledged to survey the use of sports facilities to ensure that they meet Hong Kong's needs, and create a new post of commissioner for sports.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Filling in basement will take 80 cement trucks

More than 80 trucks loaded with concrete will be required to fill in the illegal basement in the Kowloon Tong home Henry Tang Ying-yen's wife owns. That's enough to fill six double deckers.

A person close to the rectification work ordered by the Buildings Department said the architect Tang employed to carry out the work could submit a plan for approval today.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

New market won't make a splash

Those hoping to take a relaxing dip in the middle of Central will be disappointed. The historic Central Market is unlikely to have a swimming pool after it is revitalised, the Urban Renewal Authority said yesterday as it announced the team of architects who will design the project.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Resort lifestyle

Discovery Bay can pride itself on its plethora of premium clubhouses. Boasting a golf club, marina club, residents' club - which is complete with tennis courts and swimming pools - and Club Siena, it is a one-stop recreational hub for residents.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Developers bid to reverse rules on floor area of flats

Developers are making a last-ditch effort to reverse new government rules on floor areas scheduled to take effect in April.

Forget large swimming pools and luxury clubhouses, warned the Real Estate Developers Association. Water and drain pipes will be exposed. Covered walkways and easily accessible car parks could become a thing of the past, it said.

17 Jan 2011 - 12:00am