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Hot & thirsty: the struggle to supply Hong Kong with drinking water

After an unusually hot month of May, I've been thinking about Hong Kong's drinking water. I've never had to worry about water rationing, so I take it for granted there's water in the tap. That's only a recent luxury though, as Hong Kong struggled for many years to provide its residents with enough drinking water. I'm sure many readers will remember scenes like this.

1960s Hong Kong

 

1960s Hong Kong

 

Catching the rain

Hong Kong doesn't have any large rivers or natural lakes it can rely on for fresh water, so early residents relied on

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  • People identified in this photo include Violet Lucy Chan, Irene Cheng, Freda Gwilliam, Ann Crozier and Daisy Jex. Can you add any more names?
    • The Council of Women at the YMCA, 19th October 1953
      The Council of Women at the YMCA, 19th October 1953, by Rugosa

 

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1960s Quarry Bay

1960s Quarry Bay

Where: The name of the tug, "TAI KOO" is the clue. Part of its work was to serve the Taikoo Dockyard, and that dockyard is what we can see in the foreground.

We're looking at the eastern end of the dockyard, which had three slips and a large dry dock. I guess the photographer was on board a ship that was hauled up out of the water on slip number 3, the slip at the bottom right corner of this plan.

Plan of Taikoo Dockyard

 

That would explain the

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1960s Rennie's Mill

1960s Rennie's Mill

 

Where: The photographer is standing on a hillside, looking south across Rennie's Mill (today's Tiu Keng Leng). An earlier view from the 1950s was taken from a slightly different angle, and shows the main housing area was out of sight to the right of our photo. It also shows how the built-up area had expanded by the time this 1960s photo was taken.

In the right foreground is a shallow bay, roughly where

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