Degree of pollution of several major streams entering Tolo Harbour, Hong Kong

Ming Hung WONG, Kin-Chung HO, Tim-Tak KWOK

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Abstract

Untreated domestic and industrial wastes are discharged into Tolo Harbour via several major streams entering the harbour. These untreated wastes will cause a harmful effect because Tolo Harbour is a land-locked sea with only a narrow outlet and an ever-decreasing volume caused by the construction of Plover Cove Reservoir and the reclamation of Shatin New Town. In order to study the effect of polluted water discharged into the harbour, water samples and sediments near the mouths of the major rivers were collected. The analysis of the total organic carbon, total nitrogen, and water soluble phosphate contents of the samples showed that Lam Tsuen River, Tai Po Kau River, and Shing Mon River were grossly polluted by organic and inorganic wastes. Blue Snake River which passes through the iron ore tailings accumulated high contents of metal contaminants. Copyright © 1980 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-40
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1980

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harbors (waterways)
Ports and harbors
harbor
Pollution
pollution
Rivers
rivers
China
river
Ore tailings
Snake River
industrial wastes
water
Water
domestic waste
new town
towns
Industrial wastes
Iron ores
Reclamation

Bibliographical note

Wong, M.-H., Ho, K.-C., & Kwok, T.-T. (1980). Degree of pollution of several major streams entering Tolo Harbour, Hong Kong. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 11(2), 36-40. doi: 10.1016/0025-326X(80)90349-5