The Lok On Pai desalination plant on Castle Peak Road, in 1988, several years after it was shut down. Photo: SCMP The Lok On Pai desalination plant on Castle Peak Road, in 1988, several years after it was shut down. Photo: SCMP
The Lok On Pai desalination plant on Castle Peak Road, in 1988, several years after it was shut down. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong built a desalination plant to combat a water shortage – but water from China was cheaper

  • After drought caused a water crisis in 1963, the colony made plans for a desalination plant
  • It started producing fresh water in 1975 but was shut down after critics blasted its high operating costs

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The Lok On Pai desalination plant on Castle Peak Road, in 1988, several years after it was shut down. Photo: SCMP The Lok On Pai desalination plant on Castle Peak Road, in 1988, several years after it was shut down. Photo: SCMP
The Lok On Pai desalination plant on Castle Peak Road, in 1988, several years after it was shut down. Photo: SCMP
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