Water Supply in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's unsustainable water policies

Hong Kong's unsustainable water policies

The water from the Dongjiang sustains more than 40 million people in the cities of Heyuan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. There is no reason why a sustainable water policy could not be a shared objective. Although we do not share the same system or procedures of managing potable water, authorities on both sides of the border must at least share principles and best practices on preserving water sources and improving water quality.

Friday, 22 March, 2013, 4:02am 2 comments

To avoid a future crisis, Hong Kong needs to come up with a water plan

Hong Kong has survived many uncertainties and crises in the 15 years since the handover. However, we are still failing to plan ahead of time and think in a broader perspective. Water is a key issue that has been neglected for some time.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Shanghai Industrial to make a splash

Shanghai Industrial Holdings, the municipal government's investment arm in Hong Kong, plans to plough two to three billion yuan (HK$2.45-$3.67 billion) into water and environmental protection projects in two years and will list a water unit here that is already listed in Singapore.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Pressure on river spells the end of our low water bills

My water bill arrived in the post the other day.

According to the government's Water Supplies Department, in the four months between mid-January and mid-May, I used 25 cubic metres of the stuff, which because of the remorseless logic of the metric system, equals 25 tonnes of water by weight.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Split responsibility wastes our water

Everyone is fretting about the need to restructure the government. Here is my modest proposal, which targets only two low-level departments, rather than high-and-mighty policy bureaus. But I think it would have an immediate and positive impact, and make our city much more environmentally conscientious. So start the drum rolls: let's merge the Drainage Services and Water Supplies departments.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

HK$160m in water fees goes down the drain

The government lost HK$80.8 million in water charges due to inaccurate metering and another HK$79.2 million in illegal water consumption last year, the Director of Audit reported yesterday.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HKU project makes the grade for going with nature's flow

Students at the University of Hong Kong's new Centennial Campus will attend classes close to two giant reservoirs of flushing water serving an estimated 120,000 people.

But they will be blissfully unaware of their watery neighbours because the saltwater is housed in caverns cut into Lung Fu Shan, the mountain at the foot of which the campus will sit.

4 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Desalination 'not needed for at least 20 years'

Desalination could provide the largest new supply of fresh water for Hong Kong - at a cost, according to the Water Supplies Department.

But water from the mainland should adequately meet demand for the coming two decades, it says in a paper.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Journalists' group complains at police inquiry on columnist

8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

'Substantial' rise planned in Dongjiang water rates

Guangdong plans to increase water prices for users along the Dongjiang, or East River, to encourage conservation, according to the provincial Water Resources Department.

9 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Why we need to explore our water supply options

Hong Kong has built numerous reservoirs and reached costly agreements with Guangdong to pipe water here to secure a reliable supply. Now, desalination has emerged - for the second time - as a possible alternative.

11 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong to save $105m with new cross-border water deal

Hong Kong will save about $105 million in the next three years and stop dumping huge amounts of unwanted water under a revised supply agreement signed with Guangdong yesterday.

The deal gives the city access to a virtually unlimited water supply for an annual lump sum payment of $2.49 billion.

14 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Privatisation talk all water down the drain

BACK TO THE water business. The Audit Commission has certainly found room for plenty of comment here. Did you see the short report we carried yesterday on how the Water Supplies Department had been 17 months late and $26 million over budget on three projects?

23 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Confidence in our water draining away

I was surprised to read that 87 per cent of Hong Kong people find water quality 'acceptable' ('40pc 'use filters to purify tap water' ', South China Morning Post, December 22).

4 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Mainland water still flows despite full dams

Water contracts with the mainland should take into account seasonal rainfall to avoid spending millions of dollars on wasted supplies, legislators have said.

2 Jul 2001 - 12:00am