From a trip to the Hong Kong Museum of History (highly recommended if you get a chance to visit) earlier in the week, we discovered that, over the last 150 years, water supply has been a constant problem for the population here. Large reservoir projects have been completed in the last 60 years or so and these seem to have alleviated the problem somewhat. However, we are beginning to see how much of an issue it could potentially be, as we haven’t had any significant rain here for a few weeks now and our local reservoir is beginning to show the effects.
In this photo, the camera is at the ‘normal’ water level and the ‘model for the day’ is at least 10 metres lower. On the opposite shore, the water should be lapping the land just below the level of the trees. I wonder how much water is left, how long it will last and when it will all be replenished?
This is the massive, 200′ high Tai Lam Reservoir Dam that holds back about 20 million cubic metres of water. Built in 1952, I’m hoping that its concrete structure is of a little better quality and longevity than a lot of other concrete structures in Hong Kong. The 1000+ prisoners in the equally huge Tai Lam Chung Correction Centre, built in the dam’s spillway, would otherwise ‘enjoy’ a rather startling reduction in their length of stay!
We were only running in the area – not visiting inmates!
I have to go to work this evening and won’t finish until 3.30 tomorrow morning..ugh! However, life on the boat starts at about 6 a.m. and there’s very little sound proofing, so I had no choice but to be awake at that time this morning. In an effort to prepare myself for an afternoon snooze we set off early to try and find some trails to run on and to wear myself out. As we are acclimatising to the heat and exercising more, we are able to run further afield and this is opening up some much better areas to exercise in. Very local short runs of up to 30 mins restrict you to concrete and traffic; 1 hour or more gets you, briefly, onto this type of terrain around Tai Lam Chung reservoir – no contest! Wear me out it certainly did (we are a long way away from the fitness levels required to run the full 15km around the reservoir) and the afternoon nap came very easily. Poor Mrs daybydaybyphoto now has to cope with Friday evening teenage sleepovers with much less respite.