Lau Shui Heung reservoir
Hugh Farmer: I have been unable online to find any images of the reservoir’s dams or of any other man made structures at the location and would be grateful to be sent any a reader might find.
Lau Shui Heung reservoir, built in 1968 as part of the Plover Cove Reservoir engineering programme, is a reservoir located within the boundary of Pat Sing Leng Country Park in the eastern part of North District, New Territories, Hong Kong, located at the north east area of Bird’s Hill at the north east end of Sheung Shui-Fanling Plain. It covers an area of 3.5 hectares (8.6 acres) and has a water storage capacity of 170,000 square metres. The main concrete dam is 24m high and 54.9m long, the secondary dam is 7.3m high and 39m long and the scale of the reservoir is small.
The reservoir was formed at the head of a valley with the construction of a 12m concrete gravity dam and a 10m earth filled dam to connect with a tunnel to provide water transfer to Hok Tau Reservoir. Construction started in 1966 and was completed in 1968.
In April 2018, mountain hikers discovered that Lau Shui Huang reservoir had been severely dried up recently and cracks were seen at the bottom of the reservoir. The Water Supply Department stated that the lack of rainfall in the previous winter caused the water storage to be depleted due to irrigation by nearby villagers. (1)
This article was first posted on 26th May 2023.
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