Stakeholder engagement is an essential process for DSD to promulgate updates of our services and new developments to our stakeholders. It is also an effective way to collect our stakeholders’ views for improving our services. In 2013-14, we have organised a wide range of stakeholder engagement activities.
Other Stakeholder Engagement Activities
Talk at Science in the Public Service 2013
DSD has actively participated in the Science in the Public Service Campaign, a campaign jointly organised by around 40 government bureaux and departments for some years. The then Deputy Director, Mr. TSUI Wai delivered a public talk at Museum of History on 20 July 2013 on the topic of “Modernday Dayu Tames the Water - Flood Prevention Strategy in Hong Kong”. The three major flood prevention approaches adopted in Hong Kong, namely runoff interception, stormwater storage and drainage system improvement, were elaborated in the talk.
Exhibition at Innovation Carnival 2013
In November 2013, we participated in Innovation Carnival 2013 organised by Innovation Technology Commission at the Science Park. We showcased with physical models our concept of reusing the biogas produced in the sewage treatment process for energy generation at Sewage Treatment Works (STW) at Shatin, Tai Po, Yuen Long and Shek Wu Hui.
DSD Open Day 2014
DSD Open Day 2014 was held on 11 & 12 January 2014 at Shatin STW. The two-day event was overwhelmed by about 12,000 visitors.
While the main theme was to commemorate DSD 25th anniversary, the Open Day had four sub-themes, namely "Relocation of Sewage Treatment Works to Caverns", "Showcasing the Major Sewerage and Drainage projects", "Green Operation and Maintenance Practices" and "Engagement with the Community". Through thematic visits and display of information panels and physical models, the visitors gained better understanding of DSD's effort in flood prevention and sewage treatment. Exhibition booths were set up for DSD’s major projects, such as Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS) Stage 2A, Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Kai Tak River and Relocation of Shatin Sewage Treatment Works to Caverns.
Moreover, a total of 25 trade partners, green groups, tertiary education and professional institutions also participated and exhibited the latest information/technology of their products and services at the Open Day.
We had set up a family planting corner to promote the importance of community greening in an enjoyable and relaxed manner. Entertainment performances including band show, magic performance, modern dance, freestyle football per formance, rope skipping performance and Chinese instrumental ensemble were also arranged at the main stage throughout the Open Day.
"Home Sweet Cavern" Display at Hong Kong Flower Show 2014
The Hong Kong Flower Show 2014 was held at the Victoria Park from 7 to 16 March 2014. The main theme of the this year’s flower show was “Blossoms of Joy” and the theme flower was “Kalanchoe”.
DSD’s display booth brought visitors to an innovative garden “Home Sweet Cavern”. Incorporated with innovative and environmental friendly landscape elements, the booth showcased DSD’s work through an ingenious display of a series of tubular columns which resembled drainage pipes and were organised to mimic a cavern. A meandering and shade-dappled path divided the cavern into exquisitely linked sceneries, each with an individuality that invited visitors to ponder a stroll. The cohesive yet aesthetically rich space provided a feeling of “home” for visitors while at the same time allowed them to appreciate the opportunities and benefits of cavern development.
Group Visits to DSD Facilities
We have been receiving community and school visits to DSD facilities to promote DSD’s work and raise public awareness in protecting the environment. In 2013-14, we received more than 5,700 visitors from schools, institutions, green groups, mainland and overseas delegations, etc.
Outreaching Educational Programme
We organise outreaching educational programme to schools with a view to publicising DSD’s work and projects. In 2013-14, we visited a total of 25 schools and received encouraging positive feedback that the programme was informative and inspiring to the students.
Educational Banners on DSD’s Vehicles
In order to promote the messages of “Stay Away from Watercourses”, “Keep Our Drains Clear” and “Drainage Works for a Better Tomorrow”, educational banners have been posted on DSD’s vehicles to raise public awareness.
Engaging the Media
Similar to previous years, we continued to arrange media briefings and interviews to keep the media and general public updated of DSD’s work and latest developments. The major media events of 2013-14 are summarised below.
- We participated in the TV programme “Meteorology Series IV” co-produced by the Hong Kong Observatory and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). The programme featured DSD’s Emergency Control Center and a number of flood prevention facilities.
- A media briefing was held on 12 September 2013, introducing the first biogas-fuelled micro-turbine generator installed in Hong Kong at Yuen Long STW.
- A media briefing was arranged on 8 October 2013 at Shatin STW on the Environmental Sludge Treatment Scheme developed on the technology of co-settling.
- Media briefings were held on 8 November and 2 December 2013 respectively for the breakthrough ceremonies of Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS) Stage 2A’s tunnel section between North Point and Wan Chai, and that between Aberdeen and Sai Ying Pun. The media were briefed on the planning, design and construction of HATS Stage 2A and given the chance to visit the deepest tunnel section at North Point.
- Our Chief Engineer/Sewerage Projects, Mr. LAI Cheuk-ho, gave a media interview on Relocation of Shatin STW to Caverns during DSD Open Day 2014 on 11 January 2014.
- We invited the media, District Council members and the public to the opening ceremony of Butterfly Valley Road Pet Garden on 26 January 2014. The pet garden was developed at the Stilling Basin area of Lai Chi Kok Drainage Tunnel (LCKDT) and was the largest pet garden in Kowloon. The event aimed at publicising the optimum utilization of land for DSD facilities and the collaboration between government departments.
- At DSD’s Annual Media Briefing on 27 March 2014, the Director, Mr. Daniel CHUNG Kum-wah updated the media on DSD’s latest work on flood prevention. The media then visited LCKDT and the Butterfly Valley Road Pet Garden.
Engaging District Councils
To enforce close ties with the local community, we pay regular visits to the District Councils. In 2013-14, our Director attended the District Council meetings of Kwun Tong District, Central & Western District, Wan Chai District, Islands District and Southern District and briefed the District Council Members on DSD’s work and projects in the respective districts.
Engaging Green Groups
In parallel with fulfilling drainage needs, DSD puts strong emphasis on ecological conservation demands and environment protection in order to promote sustainable development of Hong Kong. We conduct regular meetings and ad-hoc site visits with the green groups to collect their views and solicit their opinions on our projects. The green groups are generous in furnishing us with valuable information and share their insights in how to enhance our projects.
Engaging Government Officials, Tertiary Institutions and Practitioners in the Industry
Research & Development Forum
DSD’s Research & Development Forum 2013 was successfully held at the Hong Kong Central Library on 20 November, 28 November, 3 December and 5 December 2013. The objective of the Forum is to foster the collaboration amongst the government, tertiary institutions and practitioners in the industry on research and development which supported innovation in sustainable drainage and sewerage services. This year’s four sessions have covered “sustainable drainage”, “new engineering contract”, “greening” and “wastewater treatment”. In each session, about 300 participants from various sectors attended the Forum.