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

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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