Designing Hong Kong

CitySpeak XII – The water we drink (where will it come from?)
15 May 2010

Where does the water we drink come from? Is there enough for everyone? Where will it come from?

Hong Kong’s water supply comes from two sources: the rainfall we collect in our reservoirs (20-30%) and water we buy from the Mainland (70-80%). The current agreement for water from the Dongjiang, a tributary of the Pearl River, will expire in 2015. With demand for water growing sharply throughout the Pearl River Delta and the supply of water compromised by pollution and climate change, Hong Kong’s future access to clean water is far from certain.

In our drive to become a sustainable city, should Hong Kong become self-sufficient? Should we increase the size of our reservoirs? Follow Singapore and recycle our waste water? Build plants to desalinate seawater? What other possible methods are there? Who’s going to pay?

Speakers:

  • Ir. Ma Lee-tak JP, Director of Water Supplies, Water Supplies Department
  • Dr. Lee Boon-ying JP, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Hong Kong Observatory
  • Prof. Carlos Lo Wing-Hung, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Mr. Bevis Mak Wai-lung , Executive Director, Water and Urban Development, AECOM

Moderator:

  • Mr. Mike Kilburn, Environmental Programme Manager at Civic Exchange
Moderator<br>
Mr. Mike Kilburn, Environmental Programme Manager at Civic Exchange



Ir. Ma Lee-tak JP, Director of Water Supplies, Water Supplies Department


City Speak XII - Water We Drink: LT Ma of Water Supplies Department
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Dr. Lee Boon-ying JP, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Hong Kong Observatory


City Speak XII - Water We Drink: BY Lee of HKO
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Prof. Carlos Lo Wing-Hung, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Mr. Bevis Mak Wai-lung , Executive Director, Water and Urban Development, AECOM
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