Voice Out for Hong Kong's Water Security!
Having been a long-term advocate for modernizing the city's water management policy, Civic Exchange celebrates a step forward for Hong Kong's water security. On November 6, the Development Bureau (DEVB) and the Water Supplies Department (WSD) launched a 90-day public consultation on the proposed amendments to the Waterworks Ordinance (Cap. 102) (WWO). This is an important step towards enhancing drinking water safety and water efficiency.
Civic Exchange’s involvement with Hong Kong’s water supply and water management dates to 2009. Since then, we have examined in detail the origin and usage of Hong Kong’s water as well as threats to the supply both in Hong Kong and in the Pearl River Basin. We have also addressed issues in the demand and supply of water for Hong Kong and made recommendations on how Hong Kong’s Water Management Policy can be modernized and improved, and how our local water supply could be diversified to increase Hong Kong's climate resilience and water sustainability.
The latest amendments proposal covers a number of areas, including strengthening control of plumbing works and materials to further safeguard drinking water safety, a mandatory water efficiency labelling scheme for plumbing fixtures and water-consuming devices, and measures to prevent freshwater loss in private communal water mains.
We encourage you to submit your views and comments on or before 3 February 2021. The consultation document can be downloaded from the WSD's website. It is also available at all Home Affairs Enquiry Centres and the WSD's Customer Enquiry Centres. Members of the public can submit their views to the WSD by email (LR_consultation@wsd.gov.hk), by fax (2520 3256), or by post (Legislative Review Unit, Water Supplies Department, 46/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong).
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