Date
14 December 2017
Dongjiang supplies up to 80 percent of Hong Kong's fresh water needs. Photo: HK Water Supplies Department
Dongjiang supplies up to 80 percent of Hong Kong's fresh water needs. Photo: HK Water Supplies Department

Hong Kong to keep ‘package deal’ approach to water supply

Hong Kong will continue to import water from Guangdong province under a package deal scheme, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

The arrangement, which has been in effect since 2006, calls for a lump sum payment whether or not the entire quota is consumed, the report said, citing Secretary for Development Paul Chan.

A new three-year deal was signed recently under such terms.

In earlier negotiations, the government proposed a pay-per-use scheme under which Hong Kong would pay only for the water it consumes.

It was rejected by Guangdong which said it would make it difficult to ensure stable water supply given increased demand from Shenzhen and other cities in the province.

The supply comes from the Dongjiang reservoir which has the same climate conditions as Hong Kong. During the dry season, water levels could be unstable, the report said.

“This would affect supply in Hong Kong,” Chan said.

A pay-per-use approach has no specified quota and requires a complex process which includes setting a unit price, he said.

Hong Kong could end up paying more under the scheme than the present arrangement when demand for Dongjiang water tightens during the dry spell.

Dongjiang provides up to 80 percent of Hong Kong’s fresh water supply.

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