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City must go with flow on the price of water

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Officials like to claim we need to preserve our humongous reserves to save for a rainy day. Now, if only they would exercise the same foresight to save water when actual rainy days are expected to be fewer and more erratic in the future.

That’s the prediction of scientists, including ones from the Observatory, due to the effects of global warming.

We had a taste of things to come early this year. As Paul Zimmerman of the Civic Exchange wrote: “Subtropical Hong Kong gets an average of 2,400mm of rain a year, with about a tenth of that coming in May. But for 2018 less than 170mm had fallen on the city for the first five months, under half the normal average for this period.”

Even some government-friendly lawmakers are fretting about........

© South China Morning Post