Do you know that only 2.5% of the water on the planet is fresh water (the rest is salt water), and only 0.5% of that global fresh water resource is accessible? According to the United Nations statistics, in the last century, the use of water has been increasing rapidly at a rate which was more than double of the actual population growth. If the situation remains unchanged, by 2025, two-thirds of the world population could be under stress conditions and 180 million people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity.
It is estimated that around 70% of the drinking water supply in Hong Kong comes from Dongjiang, in which the headstream is located at Xunwu County, Jiangxi Province. The economy and livelihoods of 40 million people in Heyuan, Weizhou, Dongguan, Shenzhen and Hong Kong rely on Dongjiang water. In Hong Kong, we can access fresh water easily by simply turning on the tap. We may have forgotten how vulnerable and precious water resources is; or perhaps never thought of the social costs behind the clean water supply we enjoy every day. It is up to us to use this precious natural resource in a responsible manner. Join us at Water Challenge and let's take our "steps" together for water conservation!
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