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HK, Guangdong sign water supply pact

12-06-2011 09:42 BJT

HONG KONG, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Guangdong Province signed a new agreement on the supply of Dongjiang water to Hong Kong from 2012 to 2014 on Monday, according to the Information Services Department of the Hong Kong government.

The agreement will guarantee Hong Kong a stable yet flexible supply of the Dongjiang water up to 2014. The supply will meet Hong Kong's requirements even under extreme drought conditions that hits once every 100 years.

Under the new agreement, Hong Kong will pay fixed lump sums of 3.5387 billion HK dollars, 3.7433 billion HK dollars and 3.95934 billion HK dollars for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

There will be flexibility in the daily supply rate to tie in with seasonal fluctuations in the local yield, which will enable Hong Kong to better manage the storage level in reservoirs, minimizing wastage and saving pumping costs.

Under the current water-supply agreement, the Guangdong side undertakes to maintain the quality of the Dongjiang water supply to Hong Kong in compliance with the latest national standard.

Hong Kong's Secretary for Development Carrie Lam and Guandong's Department of Water Resources Director General Huang Boqing signed the pact in Shenzhen. Afterwards, Lam and other Hong Kong officials visited Shenzhen Reservoir and the Dongjiang water-supply facilities at the Jinghu Pumping Station, the Taiyuan Pumping Station and the Shima River Sewage Diversion Works in Dongguan.

Lam will visit Xinfengjiang Reservoir in Heyuan -- one of the three major reservoirs upstream of Dongjiang that regulate the flow in Dongjiang on Dec. 6 before returning to Hong Kong. (1 U.S. dollar equals to 7.77 HK dollars)

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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