HKU launches innovative app to measure water usage

New mobile application released in efforts to promote awareness of water usage in Hong Kong.

(Photo: “Jockey Club Water Initiative on Sustainability and Engagement (JC-WISE)” Press Conference on the Launch of the First “Water Footprint Calculator” Mobile App in Hong Kong and a 3-City Survey on Public Water Attitudes: (From left) Dr. C.N. Ng, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU & Project Co-Investigator of JC-WISE, Ms. Imelda Chan, Head of Charities (Grant Making – Elderly, Rehabilitation, Medical, Environmental & Family), The Hong Kong Jockey Club, and Dr. Frederick Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU & Project Co-Investigator of JC-WISE.)

The Jockey Club Water Initiative on Sustainability and Engagement (JC-WISE), a project led by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), held a press conference on 26 May at the university. The press conference covered the launch of Hong Kong’s first “Water Footprint Calculator” mobile application (pictured below) and a survey on public water attitudes that spanned three cities.

Dr Frederick Lee, Associate Professor at HKU and Project Co-Investigator at JC-Wise, delivered the presentation at the event. He was also accompanied during the Q&A session by Imelda Chan, The Jockey Club’s Head of Charities, and Dr CN Ng, who is also a Project Co-Investigator of JC-WISE and an Associate Professor at HKU.

The goal of this application is to raise awareness of water conservation amongst the general public. Available to both Android and IOS users, the application is easy to use and tailors to the Hong Kong food experience, with information on the water footprint of over 90 local popular food and drink items. The Water Footprint Calculator is also available in its web version at

The cities involved in the survey were Hong Kong, Macau, and Guangzhou, with approximately 500 survey participants in each city. The findings reveal a lack of awareness regarding Hong Kong’s water shortage and other freshwater-related issues that face the Pearl River Delta Region in the upcoming future. Hopefully the Water Footprint Calculator will shift public consciousness surrounding water conservation in Hong Kong, and will lead to larger scale actions towards sustainable water usage.

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