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'Silver economy' panel set up

The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau today established the Advisory Panel on Silver Economy and convened its first meeting with the aim of initiating research on the development of Hong Kong’s growing elderly population as a consumer segment.    Chairing the panel, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau said the elderly demographic was emerging as an important part of the city’s economy.    He highlighted that many products and services designed to enhance the quality of life enjoyed by elderly residents are spurring growth and business opportunities.    Mr Yau added that promoting such products and services can help to foster the development of the so-called silver economy and unleash business potential in the elderly market, whilst also catering to the aspirations and needs of elderly people. He said this would be the advisory panel’s focus.     At today’s meeting, the panel endorsed its terms of reference, reviewed statistics relating to

New plant to begin supplying water

The first stage of the Tseung Kwan O Desalination Plant will be commissioned tomorrow, meaning that it will start to provide a new water source that is not susceptible to climate change.


The Water Supplies Department said that on becoming fully operational, the plant will meet around 5% of the overall fresh water needs of Hong Kong, thanks to a water production capacity of 135,000 cubic metres per day.


The plant, together with the Pak Kong Water Treatment Works and the Tseung Kwan O Primary Fresh Water Service Reservoir, will supply drinking water to Sai Kung, as well as parts of East Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.


It is the first waterworks in the city to adopt advanced reverse osmosis desalination technology. Pre-treated seawater will pass through a membrane which filters out salt and impurities.


The desalinated seawater will then undergo post-treatment procedures to produce drinking water that fully meets Hong Kong Drinking Water Standards and is on a par with the quality of water supplied by other water treatment works in Hong Kong.


There will be real-time monitoring of the whole treatment process.


The department said it has started preliminary designs for the second stage of the plant and that an adjacent site is also earmarked for future expansion that would allow production capacity to meet 10% of the overall demand for fresh water in Hong Kong.

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