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24Feb94 HONG KONG: HONG KONG TO UPGRADE WATER WORKS.

Hong Kong plans to spend almost HK$2 billion (£174 million) improving its water supplies this year.Hu Man-shiu, director of the water supplies department, said: 'The biggest project is the Ma On Shan treatment works in the New Territories.'Tenders for the work are being invited ready for construction to start in April.The HK$1.1 billion (£95.6 million) scheme includes the 227,000 cu m a day plant and water transfer pipelines. The station will serve Ma On Shan new town and part of Sha Tin and Tai Po. Completion is in 1996.The rest of the budget will be spent upgrading water services on Lantau Island to coincide with the airport project at Chek Lap Kok.Cash is also earmarked to complete the first phase of a water import scheme from China. The HK$2.1 billion (£183 million) project, a network of pipelines and treatment plants, is due to be finished next year.Much of the design work has been done by Binnie and Partners, the UK consultant. CONSTRUCTION NEWS