A dumpsite has been built upstream from Dongjiang River in Guangdong province, potentially threatening Hong Kong’s water supply.
The dumpsite is about 6,670 square meters and is about 100 kilometers from the nearest pumping station, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
An inspection team found that the dump was built by the government of Huantang town under Heyuan city with no consent from local residents, the report said.
Hong Kong pays Guangdong HK$5 billion (US$644.49 million) a year to buy water from Dongjiang River.
The inspectors said the dump was closed in December after officials were ordered to implement corrective measures but residents said it reopened soon after the team left, resulting in clashes.
They have asked higher authorities to intervene.
In reply to inquiries from HKEJ, the Water Supplies Department said it has contacted its counterpart in Guangdong to learn more about the situation and demand follow-up action.
It said the dumpsite is unlikely to pollute Dongjiang because of its distance from the river.
The department said it uses data collected from regular and strict monitoring to ensure Dongjiang’s water quality is up to safety standards.
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