The great Plover Cove Reservoir is the first reservoir built in the sea
On 20 January 1969, Plover Cove Reservoir, the second largest reservoir in Hong Kong, was inaugurated.
The inauguration ceremony showed the once strange idea of the Director of Water Supplies, which was conceived during his boat trip, was realized.
Frank the tour guide is going to look back the development of this reservoir built in the sea.
Frank’s New Territories private car tour can show clients the stunning Plover Cove Reservoir and the historic Kowloon Reservoir, which is the cute monkeys’ habitat!
Official’s strange idea was realized when Plover Cove Reservoir was inaugurated on 20 January 1969
In the past, Hong Kong often faced shortage of fresh water.
Citizens could only get fresh water supply once every four days, and each time only for a four-hour period during the most serious water rationing in 1963.
In 1960, Mainland Chinese Government helped the British colony by building a big water supply project and selling fresh water to Hong Kong.
Colonial Officials still wanted to enhance the fresh water storage power of Hong Kong.
Director of Water Supplies T.O. Morgan worried as he knew Hong Kong had no more big valley suitable for reservoir construction.
Morgan later conceived a strange idea during his boat trip at Tai Po’s Plover Cove, which was enclosed on three sides.
He thought that it should be possible to build a reservoir by cutting Plover Cove off from the Tolo Harbor by building a long dam, extracting the seawater inside and refilling the fresh water.
After the feasibility research, Hong Kong Colonial Government really built the 2.1 km long main dam and two 200 m long service dams for storing 230 million m3 of fresh water.
Plover Cove Reservoir’s inauguration on 20 January 1969 showed Morgan’s once strange concept was realized.
This world’s first reservoir built in the sea is now the second largest reservoir in Hong Kong.
Apart from water storage function, the long dam offers a great view, cycling track, sightseeing point to locals and travelers.
Take Frank’s New Territories private car tour to see two reservoirs
Frank the tour guide’s New Territories half day private car tour can show clients two reservoirs.
Private car can bring clients to the historic Kowloon Reservoir during the private tour easily.
Apart from the water supply facilities, which are Hong Kong’s declared monuments, clients can say hello to the cute monkeys, which have “conquered” the reservoir and the Kam Shan Country Park.
Private car can bring clients to the Tolo Harbor front.
Clients can see the long dam of Plover Cove Reservoir and great sea view.
If clients really want, Frank may change the itinerary and private car can bring clients to visit the Plover Cove Reservoir and other attractions at Tai Po easily.
Frank hopes he can serve you in the New Territories private tour soon.
New Territories ‘the land between’ private car tour
New Territories pprivate car tour for monkeys, natural scenery and history. Tour programme includes…
- English / Mandarin / Cantonese speaking private tour guide service
- Air-conditioned sightseeing car with driver