Macau to increase water imports from China by 60 pct

8 August 2007

Macau, China, 8 Aug – Macau will increase its water imports from China by over 60 percent to satisfy rising demand in the territory in coming years, an official has said.

Wong Soi Man, coordinator of the working group on Macau’s water supply, said Tuesday that talks are taking place with authorities in China’s Guangdong province to boost water imports from 180,000 cubic meters to 300,000 cubic meters.

Wong added that a new water pipeline to Macau is planned to respond to rising water demand in the enclave until 2010. The pipeline is valued at US$ 6.3 million and will take six months to build.

The pipeline project to China has been under study for three years, but dates for its building will only be finalized after a meeting between Macau and Guangdong officials next month.

Macau gets 98 percent of its water supplies from the Nodaomen and Guangdong rivers, with the remaining supplies coming from reservoirs in the territory.

In 2006, Macau Water, which holds the territory’s water distribution concession, announced investments of US$ 12.5 million to improve the water gathering and distribution system from the River Nodaomen. (macauhub)