HK paying heavy price for water leaks, Ombudsman laments

Hong Kong | Apr 17, 2018 15:51
The Water Supplies’ Department’s inadequate maintenance of main pipes has led to tens of millions of cubic meters of water being wasted annually, the Ombudsman, Connie Lau, said today.
The water leakage rate stands at 15.2 percent and if Hong Kong could match Singapore’s rate of 5 percent, the city could save 123 million cubic meters of water annually – the equivalent of nearly 50,000 standard-size swimming pools.
The amount of fresh water saved could meet the yearly demand of some 2 million citizens, saving about HK$530 million in costs.
The Ombudsman said there have been frequent cases of water mains bursting, which have caused an inconvenience to the public and wasted huge amounts of water.
Lau acknowledged the pipe replacement program implemented by the department, which has had a significant effect. Between 2000 and 2017, the number of water main bursts dropped from 2,500 to 88. Still, the Ombudsman Connie said there's room for improvement.-RTHK

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