Hong Kong Water Supply – Shenzhen Reservoir

Shenzhen Reservoir

Hong Kong Water Supply – Shenzhen Reservoir Tymon Mellor: In the post war Hong Kong, the rapid growth in population and industrialisation brought with it an increase in the demand for water. With improving housing conditions, there was an ever-growing need for additional supply of piped water. Considerable effort had been made to maximise the local resource but continued shortages […]

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Hong Kong Water Supply Shek Pik Reservoir – Part 1 Preparation Works

Fan Pui Village

Tymon Mellor: With the rapidly increasing population in the post war Hong Kong, the availability of fresh water once more became a major problem. The poor financial situation had limited the territory’s options to overcome this, but after much discussion work commenced on Tai Lam Chung Reservoir in 1952. Before construction was complete, it was clear additional supplies would still […]

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Shing Mun Reservoir, expert visits and prepares report on problem with the dam, 1937

Shing Mun Dam Problem Image, HK Sunday Herald 14.11.37 From IDJ

IDJ has sent the following newspaper report about a perceived problem with the Shing Mun Reservoir Dam in 1937. The image shown on the Home Page of our article accompanied the original newspaper article, and is not, as you might have thought, a pre-war example of modern art but an attempt at illustrating the “dislodgment of masonry at numerous points” […]

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Binnie & Partners, engineering consultancy, Hong Kong reservoirs and more…

HF:  In 1909 Sir AR Binnie and Son merged with another UK engineering consultancy to become Sir Alexander Binnie, Son and Deacon. Later this company became Binnie &  Partners and from the 1990s it has been part of the multi-national Black and Veatch consultancy. Binnie & Partners had a close connection to Hong Kong from 1930. The company was involved […]

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Hong Kong Water Supply – official opening of the Jubilee (Shing Mun) reservoir, newspaper report


IDJ has sent a newspaper article from 1937 about the official opening of the Jubilee (now Shing Mun) reservoir. HF: I have retyped the article to make the script more legible and to assist searching the site. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped article. We have left intact errors that are in the original printed article. The images included […]

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Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981

HF: Desalination (or “Desalting” as it appeared to be called at that time)  was a source of water in Hong Kong between 1975 and 1981. A large desalination plant was commissioned at Lok On Pai, near Tuen Mun, in 1975, but was decommissioned  in 1981 because its operation was more expensive than importing water from Dongjiang in China. A Water Supplies […]

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Mining and Water Supply, Government paying more attention to both in Hong Kong, newspaper article 1948

Government Paying More Attention To Colomy's Mining HK Sunday Herald 27th June 1948 From IDJ

IDJ has sent this article published in June 1948. HF: I have retyped it to increase its legibility and to aid site searches. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped version. Government is devoting more attention to mining in the Colony and an attempt is being made to ascertain the potential resources of our mines. This statement was made by […]

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