Established in September
1989, DSD is one of the seven departments under the Works Bureau*
of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
As at March 2002, it had 2,100 staff comprising professional, technical
and general supporting staff.
The department is headed by a Director with the
assistance of a Deputy Director and four Assistant Directors. There
are four branches within the department, namely the Sewage Services
Branch, the Operations and Maintenance Branch, the Projects and
Development Branch and the Electrical and Mechanical Branch. There
are also individual sections at the headquarters rendering technical,
accounting and administrative support. The organization chart of
the department is shown at the end of this chapter.
The Sewage Services Branch is responsible for the
collection of sewage charges and the implementation of the Harbour
Area Treatment Scheme which is the capital works scheme to improve
the water quality of Victoria Harbour. On 1 April 2002, the former
Strategic Sewage Disposal Scheme Division was renamed as the Harbour
Area Treatment Scheme Division.
The Operations and Maintenance Branch is responsible
for the operation and maintenance of the sewerage and stormwater
drainage systems in the territory. It has four divisions, with three
district divisions taking care of the drainage and sewerage matters
on HK Island and Islands, Mainland South and Mainland North. The
fourth division, the Land Drainage Division, is mainly responsible
for flood control, planning of drainage infrastructure and land
The Projects and Development Branch is responsible
for the implementation of capital works projects, including the
design and construction of stormwater drains, flood control and
relief works, sewerage and sewage treatment plants.
The Electrical and Mechanical Branch is responsible
for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of the electrical
and mechanical facilities of sewage treatment plants, sewage pumping
stations and flood water pumping stations.
* On 1 July 2002, the Works Bureau was re-organized
and renamed as the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau