HC Deb 04 November 1929 vol 231 cc634-5W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps are being taken to procure an adequate water supply for Hong Kong?


A considerable programme of construction has been initiated to ensure an adequate supply of water for Hong Kong. The following works have been sanctioned and were recently completed or are now in progress:

Aberdeen Scheme:

Resumption of a 92 million gallon reservoir in the Aberdeen Valley at a cost of 525,000 dollars.

Construction of an additional reservoir in the Aberdeen Valley to contain 175 million gallons, at a cost of 900,000 dollars.

Ancillary works, including catchwaters, mains, filters, access road and pumping station, at an estimated cost of 1,277,000 dollars.

Sheng-Mun Scheme:

Construction of intake dam across Shengmun River above Pineapple Pass, with conduits and tunnels to 33 million gallon reservoir in lower Shek-lai-pui Valley. The expenditure on this scheme up to June of this year has been 2,326,490 dollars.

Harbour Pipe-Line:

Connection of Sheng-Mun waterworks with Hong Kong Island by a pipe-line under the harbour, with a daily capacity of 3½ million gallons, at a cost of 361,602 dollars.

Kowloon Byewash Reservoir:

Estimated capacity 175 million gallons, at an estimated cost of 600,000 dollars.

In addition, the Colonial Government have under consideration a scheme for the construction of a dam in the ShengMun Gorge, to form a reservoir with 1,000–1,500 million gallons capacity, with various connected schemes.

In an address delivered to the Legislative Council on the 5th September, the Governor stated that it was safe to predict that in the near future the Hong Kong Government would have to spend about 10,000,000 dollars on waterworks construction, additional to that already sanctioned and in progress; the aim of the Hong Kong Government was to give every house connected with the waterworks, both in Hong Kong Island and on the mainland, a full supply of filtered water throughout the year. He added that this should become possible in 1932.