China Water Risk: Subtropical, rainy Hong Kong seems blessed with water but, as Civic Exchange shows, this is an “illusion of plenty”.
Harbour Times: For a compact urban jungle, Hong Kong uses a shocking amount of freshwater resources.
South China Morning Post: The easy supply of water from the mainland and low water tariffs have lulled Hongkongers into a false sense of security, unaware of the mounting pressure on water supplies in many parts of the world, including the Pearl River Delta.
Hong Kong Free Press: It is actually an illusion that fresh drinking water is an unlimited natural resource in the city.
South China Morning Post: Chau Sai-wai, assistant director of water supplies in the Hong Kong government, writes an opinion piece in response to Civic Exchange’s report “The Illusion of Plenty: Hong Kong’s Water Security – Working towards Regional Water Harmony”.
South China Morning Post: The city relies on the Dongjiang in mainland China for 80% of its water, with a price that has progressively increased in last decade, currently paying HK$4.22 billion a year regardless of how much gets used.
China Dialogue: Despite being one of the world’s richest cities, its annual loss of water from leakage and theft is a whopping 32.5% of total production — such losses are avoidable, however.
Civic Exchange submitted a written comment to support the SAR Government to roll out long-term action plan for post-2020 to cope with threats and consequences brought by the remarkably changing climate.