A wastewater treatment facility in Sheung Shui will be expanded to recycle as much as 56,000 cubic meters of water for flushing toilets and other uses in the northeastern part of the New Territories from 2022, the Secretary for Development Michael Wong Wai-lun said.
In a blog on Sunday, Wong said the Water Supplies Department and the Drainage Services Department are working together to boost the city’s supply of reclaimed water or water converted from sewage and other forms of wastewater that can be used to clean roads, water plants, and other purposes.
The expansion of the Shek Wu Hui Sewage Treatment Works in Sheung Shui will increase its treatment capacity to 105,000 cubic meters a day from 93,000 cubic meters at present, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
The recycled water will be available for use by districts in the northeastern part of the New Territories such as Sheung Shui, Fan Ling and the New Development Areas gradually from 2022.
Wong said the government is proactively developing new forms of water resource in the face of climate change, and this includes boosting the supply of recycled water.
The Water Supplies Department last month launched a public consultation to gather views on the supply of recycled water in the city. The consultation will end on Dec. 17.
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