The Water Supplies Department has proposed installing a fence and CCTV to prevent people bathing in the popular Shui Lo Cho ‘infinity pool’ near Yi O.
The scenic pool on Lantau’s west coast has become a popular tourist spot but, along with the Shek Pik Reservoir, it is the source of Tai O’s drinking water.
In a paper to the Islands District Council, the department noted that since 2014, the council, the Tai O Rural Committee and local residents had become “concerned about the problem of polluted water quality” brought about by illegal swimming.
It proposed building a fence and installing CCTV to monitor visitors and to aid law enforcement and prosecution.
Under the Waterworks Ordinance any person who enters the water commits an offence, with penalties of up to HK$50,000 and two years’ prison
Since 2014, 15 people have been convicted.