Authorities have warned people not to swim in a Water Supplies Department catchment at Tai O.
Five hikers were convicted at Tsuen Wan Magistrates’ Courts this week of entering the water at the water gathering ground in Shui Lo Cho at Yi O on Lantau Island in contravention of the Waterworks Ordinance.
They were each fined $1,000.
A Water Supplies Department spokesman said the gathering ground and the impounding reservoirs are both sources of fresh water and should not be contaminated.
“Hikers in particular should protect these precious water resources while enjoying the beautiful scenery there,” he said.
“Furthermore, the gathering ground and the impounding reservoirs are prone to serious flooding and therefore dangerous.
“They are definitely not suitable for water play or swimming.”
The WSD received complaints in May this year concerning illegal entry to the water source at the gathering ground in Shui Lo Cho at Yi O, which caused pollution to fresh water resources.
Any person who bathes or washes in the waterworks is liable to prosecution, and on summary conviction to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for two years.
Members of the public are advised to report any suspected violations of the Waterworks Ordinance to the WSD’s 24-hour hotline at 2824 5000.
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