Third water pipe supplying water from Zhuhai to be due July

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Issue 294, Page 4
Word count: 329
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung in Guangzhou

The third water pipe to carry water from Zhuhai to Macau was expected to be due by the end of July and will have a water supply capacity of 300,000 cubic metres per day.

This was said by vice director-general of the Guangdong Provincial Administration of Water Resources, Zhu Zhaohua, who set up an exclusive meeting yesterday afternoon with the Macau media who came to report on Secretary Lau Si Io and his delegation’s visit in Guangzhou about the salinity and water supply issues.

The construction of the 3.6-kilometre long pipe began on January 21 this year which facilitated the co-operation of water supply between the Guangdong provincial government and the SAR government.

Macau agreed to share the cost and put in 54 million yuan for the construction.

As the construction was progressing smoothly, Mr Zhu said the water resources provincial department was keen to have it completed early July.

Together with the current two water pipes connected between the two Pearl River Delta regions, the total water supply capacity was estimated to be able to meet the daily demand of Macau until the year 2020.

In addition, proposal of the 800-million-yuan Chuk Un Reservoir in Zhuhai had been submitted to the water resources provincial department for review, Mr Zhu told the reporters.

He said that the SAR government had given an interest-free loan of 450 million yuan to Zhuhai for the construction.

It was hoped that construction work of the reservoir could be commenced within this year.

The new reservoir would be able to help combat the problems of water supply and salinity for the Pearl River Delta regions, Mr Zhu said.

There are at present seven reservoirs in Zhuhai’s south and northern systems that supply water to the SAR.

However, Mr Zhu said that the demand from Macau had been soaring that it required a monthly water supply of 77 million cubic metres during last year when compared with less than eight million cubic metres in 1980.

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