Zhuhai, China, 5 Dec – The supply of water to Macau has been secured until 2020, after a new pipeline from the Chinese municipality of Zhuhai, which borders Macau, started operating, according to a government statement cited by news agency MacauNews.
The inauguration of the third water pipeline to Macau was held today as part of the Macau-Guangdong Joint Cooperation Conference 2008, which took place in Zhuhai, with the presence of Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah.
The new 3.6-kilometre water pipeline represents an investment of 50 million reminbis (US$6.3 million), financed by the Macau government. The pipeline will supply 300,000 cubic metres more water per day to Macau, increasing the current figure to 480,000 cubic metres.
Lau Si Io, the Macau Secretary of State for Transport and Public Works, said the government invested another 450 million yuan (US$65.5 million) on the construction of the Zhuyi reservoir, also in Zhuhai, to ensure the regular supply of water to Macau.
The building of the reservoir, the total cost of which is estimated to be 819 million yuan (US$119.2 million), started Thursday and is expected to be finished in 2010.
Macau receives 98 percent of its water from the Modaomen River in the Chinese province of Guangdong, while the remainder comes from Macau’s reservoirs.
Non-treated water is pumped from the Hong Wan facility to the Lapa reservoir in Zhuhai.
Macau has a population of 531,000 people and in 2007 had an average daily water consumption of 207,000 cubic metres.
Macau’s water distribution network is 410 kilometres long.
Zhuhai, a Chinese municipality bordering Macau, has a population of 1.4 million. (macauhub)