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    MR. HO VISITS KWANTUNG PROVINCE ACROSS THE BORDER EACH MONTH TO COMPARE READINGS ON THE?

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    MR. HO VISITS KWANTUNG PROVINCE ACROSS THE BORDER EACH MONTH TO COMPARE READINGS ON THE AMOUNT OF WATER SUPPLIED AND IT IS ON THE BASIS OF THESE COMPARISONS THAT HONGKONG PAYS ITS BILL EACH MONTH.

    UNDER AND AGREEMENT WITH CHINA, HONGKONG RECEIVES 15,000 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER -- FOR WHICH IT PAYS MORE THAN ONE MILLION POUNDS STERLING -- DURING THE NINE-MONTHS FOR OCTOBER 1 TO JUNE 30 ANNUALLY.

    THE SEVEREST WATER RATIONING EVER EXPERIENCED IN HONGKONG OCCURRED IN 1963 WHEN A PROLONGED DROUGHT FORCED THE GOVERNMENT TO RESTRICT SUPPLIES FOR FOUR HOURS EVERY FOUR DAYS.

    THERE IS A RUSH BY PEOPLE TO BUY WATER CONTAINER FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THEIR RESTRICTIONS. BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED DEMAND CONTAINER DEALERS HAD TO WORK OVERTIME IN SOME SHOPS AND PRICES SHOW UP.

    TROUBLE-TORN HONGKONG BEGAN ITS WATER RATIONING YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). WATER SUPPLY IS RESTRICTED TO FOUR HOURS ON ALTERNATE DAYS -- THE TIMES ARE FROM 4 PM. TO 8 PM. MEANWHILE, THE BRITISH COLONY, HOTBED OF COMMUNIST-INSPIRED DISTURBANCES, IS ANXIOUSLY LOOKING TO ITS GIANT NEIGHBOUR, THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC, TO COMPLY TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO ITS APPEALS FOR DESPERATELY NEEDED WATER SUPPLIES.

    CHINA STOPPED PUMPING WATER INTO THE COLONY LAST SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER MEETING THE NORMAL DEMANDS IN THE CONTACTED OCTOBER 1 TO JUNE 30 SUPPLY PERIOD. SHE HAS SO FAR REMAINED SILENT ON A REQUEST MADE BY LETTERS LAST MONTH AND EARLY THIS WEEK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 2,000 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER UP TO THE END OF JULY.

    THE RAIN AND SEVERE WATER RATIONING OF THE LAST TWO DAYS HAD BOOSTED THE COLONY'S STORAGE BY 150 MILLION GALLONS TO 3,300 MILLION GALLONS BY THIS MORNING (FRIDAY). BUT WATER AUTHORITIES SAY A STORAGE READING OF 6,500 MILLION GALLONS WOULD BE NEEDED TO RELIEVE THE SITUATION SUBSTANTIALLY.

    HONGKONG HAD BEEN LOOKING HOPEFULLY TO TROPICAL ANITA TO BRING MUCH-NEEDED RAIN TO THE COLONY, BUT ALTHOUGH STEADY RAIN BEGAN FALLING LAST NIGHT (SATURDAY), ANITA WAS EXPECTED TO CROSS THE CHINESE COAST SOME 150 MILES TO THE NORTHEAST AND HOPES FOR SEVERAL DAYS OF RALLY HEAVY RAIN WERE DIMINISHING.

    THIS IS THE MUK WU PUMPING STATION, ABOUT 200 YARDS FROM THE CHINESE BORDER. A STATION FOREMAN, MR HO KOON KWAN MAINTAINS DAILY CONTACT WITH THE WATER CONTROL OFFICIALS AT THE SHUM CHUNG PUMPING STATION ACROSS THE BORDER, WHICH CONTROLS THE PUMPING OF WATER FROM THE EAST RIVER INTO THE COLONY.

    MR. HO SAID CHINA HAD STOPPED PUMPING WATER UNEXPECTEDLY AT NOON ON SUNDAY. HE SAID HE HAD CALLED THE CHINESE CONTROL OFFICIALS ON HIS DIRECT TELEPHONE LINK TO ASK FOR THE REASON FOR THE STOPPAGE AND WAS NOT TOLD THAT HONGKONG HAD RECEIVED ALL THEIR WATER FOR THE SUPPLY PERIOD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAP1XOSOJ0Z9DTQO9C1F62YATK
    Media URN:
    VLVAAP1XOSOJ0Z9DTQO9C1F62YATK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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