Frontage words - Nov 24, 2009

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HK urged to raise charges for water

by Olga Wong
SCMP, page A1 and A3 November 24, 2009


1. HK urged to raise charges for water
- persuaded, pushed -

2. France and Austria recover from consumers 90 per cent of the cost of supplying water
- regain the money spent, get it back -

3. The pressure on HK's supply may grow in the face of more frequent droughts
- in spite of -

4. more frequent droughts [...] including one now gripping Guangdong ...
- holding firmly, grasping tightly (figurative sense) -

5. other regional governments stand in stark contrast to HK
- unpleasantly or sharply clear, obvious -

6. [HK] has kept its water bills at 1990s levels in the face of a political outcry every time it tries to increase them
- protest -

7. ... offering developers incentives to install water-saving facilities
- things that motivate or encourage one to -

8. The government is subsidising [the existing system] with public money
- supporting -

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