Tap water may be better than the bottled variety

Depending on your age, 60 per cent to 80 per cent of your body is water.

Humans can survive for quite a long time without food but it doesn't take long to suffer from dehydration. We lose water through sweat, urine, faeces and even just breathing.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 10:29am

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.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Water wars pit thirsty Dakotas against barges for Missouri flow

A barge travels down the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Businesses, farmers and the mining sector are increasingly concerned about a drought that may push water levels so low that traffic one key section of the river will halt. Photo: Bloomberg

The Missouri River has blessed and cursed Kevin Schmidt, alternately nourishing or overrunning his farmland. This year its water saved his cows, and it may do so again next year if a lack of rain dries out his soil.

5 Dec 2012 - 2:21pm

Reef encounter

Life at Lizard Island Resort, Australia.

Lizard Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef offers holistic escape among nature’s wonders. Michael Sweet finds creatures and comforts to his liking.

9 Oct 2012 - 9:54am

City scope: here be Hong Kong dragons

An entrant in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens, New York. Photo: AP

With the thundering of drums, the muscular sportsmen and women, the nods to Chinese culture and the team camaraderie, it's hard not to get swept away by the spectacle that is dragon boat racing.

27 Aug 2012 - 12:08am

Letters to the Editor, South China Morning Post, August 18, 2012

Non-urgent cases can be deterred

In recent years many Hong Kong residents have misused the Hospital Authority's accident and emergency wards by seeking treatment for conditions which are not emergency cases.

This means that patients who may have genuinely serious ailments have to wait before medical personnel can attend to them.

18 Aug 2012 - 2:37am

United we stand

When was the last time you tried something new?' Robert Sheriff asks as he effortlessly balances a long board on his head that dwarfs his almost 1.8-metre frame.

'I'm excited,' I lie, albeit enthusiastically. Although eager to experiment with the world's fastest-growing water sport, I realise I have no idea what I'm doing.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

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

Weak market conditions lead to US$196m net loss

Pacific Basin's core dry bulk business delivered a respectable performance.

Dry bulk, towage and ferry company Pacific Basin acknowledged it suffered an unaudited net loss of US$196 million in the first half of the year compared with a net profit of US$3 million in the same period last year.

13 Aug 2012 - 11:11am

Making waves

As leisure activities go, owning a luxury yacht doesn't have the greenest of reputations. Motor yachts in particular are not fuel-efficient vessels and, in addition to all the energy used up and pollutants generated by their engines, there's the power required to provide air-conditioning and all the other electrical functions needed to make them a home on the water.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Beauty on the inside

Benetti and Fendi Casa collaborated to produce Lady Lara, a 194-foot custom megayacht. Yacht buyers from the mainland prefer those with interiors by luxury brands, says Sunseeker Asia chairman Gordon Hui.

A sumptuous interior outdoes the need for speed among China's current wave of boat and yacht buyers, writes Richard Lord.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:56pm

Pacific Basin hurt by falling charter rates

Pacific Basin Shipping is facing a harsh year at its core dry-cargo division, with average charter rates lower this year than last as a glut of new tonnage outpaces growth in cargo demand.

Chief operating officer Jan Rindbo said: 'We expect dry bulk rates to be weaker in 2012. It will be a tough year for our dry bulk business.'

15 Aug 2012 - 10:51pm

Getting on board with a different style of living

News that the two of us were moving onto a boat elicited a range of responses: 'Won't you get seasick?' 'Why would you want to?' 'Where will you put all your stuff?' 'I'm so jealous!'

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Interfering in religious life of church

I refer to the letter from Lai Shing-kin ('Church right to ordain own bishops', July 14) which asserts that unapproved episcopal ordinations in China should not be treated as a sin.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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).

A sustainable way forward is for Hong Kong to utilise local water resources more effectively than at present rather than relying on importation from Dongjiang.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am