Total Water Management Strategy
The Total Water Management strategy released in 2008 provides a firm foundation for us to move towards sustainable use of our precious water resources. We have made great strides to promote water conservation by extending our promotional and educational activities from schools into the community at large. We successfully rolled out the “Let’s Save 10L Water” campaign to promote water conservation and distributed flow controllers to participating domestic households. Apart from this scheme which has received an overwhelming response from the public, we have also commenced with the installation of flow controllers for selected public housing estates as well as government buildings and schools. Along with other on-going initiatives, including reducing water loss along the distribution system, expanding the salt water supply system, encouraging water recycling and planning for a future desalination plant, the water demand and supply management measures we are now implementing are helping Hong Kong prepare for various challenges which include increase in water demand due to population and economic growth, increasing risk of drought events and larger variability in year-to-year rainfall due to climate change which would affect the yield both locally and in the basin of Dongjiang (DJ), and competition for DJ water resources among other major cities in Guangdong, including Huizhou, Dongguan and Shenzhen, serving altogether 40 million people.
Hong Kong’s water resources are facing a number of challenges as mentioned above. In order to ensure sustainable use of our precious water resources and to introduce in a timely manner new initiatives to strengthen our resilience and preparedness against uncertainties and challenges, we appointed consultants in late 2014 to conduct a review of our Total Water Management Strategy. The review results will help us formulate our long-term water management strategy in addressing future challenges and uncertainties.