Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reservoirs of Hong Kong

     On our p-day, Sister Kwok took us to Plover Cove Reservoir for a visit.  We took the subway to Taipo Market stop and met her at the 7-11 store.  We then took bus #75k and 30 minutes later we were at the Reservoir.  It was beautiful with a park at the front part.  It's set up so people can have lunch on the beautiful picnic tables and BBQ grills are available for anyone to use. 

 Ariel view of Plover Cove Dam

Plover Cove Dam bike lane

     We had a good time visiting the reservoir.  It was in the 60's F and not too many people were around.  Sister Kwok took us back to her apartment in Taipo for some home-made soybean milk, then took us to the mall for dim sum.  Elwin performed his Chinese ettiquette and paid for the meal before anyone even noticed it.  

    Below is some information about how Hong Kong deals with their water supplies, found in wiki. 

Rainfall and storage of runoff

About one-third of Hong Kong's 1098 square kilometres has been developed as water catchments. Hong Kong is dependent on adequate storage for the maintenance of a regular supply. Shortage of natural storage reservoir sites led to the construction of Hong Kong's first 'reservoir in the sea' at Plover Cove - the Plover Cove Reservoir. The initial scheme, completed in 1967, was created by damming, and draining an inlet of Tolo Harbour and had a storage of 170 million cubic metres. The storage was increased in 1973 to 230 million cubic metre by raising the dam. A similar but larger scheme at High Island, completed in 1978, created the High Island Reservoir that has a capacity of 281 million cubic metres.


  1. Looks like a beautiful area!
    Dad is really chinese, isn't he?!

  2. It's amazing to think about all the ideas that have to work to help people live a comfortable life. It looks like a beautiful area.