Zebrafish are unsung heroes of contemporary science. The humble tropical freshwater fish is an under-appreciated species that has helped scientists worldwide to make new discoveries and develop new technology.Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 4:58am
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Golf carts on park patrol: blatantly flouting law for years19 Jan 2013 - 2:08am
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
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
The heavy penalties faced by civil servants accused of bribery were spelt out by People Power lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip at the Legco Q & A session. He cited the following three cases:
An assistant inspector at the Water Supplies Department was jailed for 36 months in 2005 on a collusion charge for accepting a mooncake voucher worth HK$2,000 from two plumbers.2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Our civil service is often hailed as one of the world's finest. But cases of misspending unearthed by government auditors suggest otherwise. In its latest value-for-money analysis, the Audit Commission has exposed a string of blunders and negligence that saw tens of millions of taxpayers' money wasted. The performance of some departments still leaves much to be desired.21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Despite the price rise, water officials said they had no plan to raise water tariffs, which have not changed since 1995. But they pledged to continue studying the possibility of adjusting the progressive tariffs for water use ...
SCMP, October 2127 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
The Water Supplies Department said it would try to improve meter maintenance after being chided by the Ombudsman over defects that led some consumers to unexpectedly receive bills for tens of thousands of dollars.
Ombudsman Alan Lai Nin said it was also not ideal when it could take the department years to identify a defective meter as there were so many.16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
The spotlight has fallen on government officials as some people say they are inefficient and not supervised properly.9 Mar 2011 - 12:00am
Government keen on water conservation
I refer to the letter by Nigel Lam ('Water recycling efforts rejected', December 8).15 Dec 2009 - 12:00am
I read with great interest the article by Suzanne Harrison ('Eau, no', July 13). While I agree with the hidden caveats of consuming bottled water, the inference made that Hong Kong tap water is of high quality should be examined in more detail.16 Jul 2009 - 12:00am
Villager held after suicide bid8 Jul 2008 - 12:00am
Nearly 33,000 overcharged bills were settled by the Water Supplies Department in the past three years, amounting to a total of HK$38 million, the Office of the Ombudsman has found.14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
An employee of the Water Supplies Department was fighting for his life last night after being struck on the head by a 20kg stopcock that was ejected like a cannonball from a burst water main.22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
The ombudsman has launched an investigation into how the government handles complaints about water seepage in private buildings.
The decision came after about 21,000 complaints were made in less than a year to a joint office set up to deal with such grievances.6 Jul 2007 - 12:00am