Our vision is to provide Hong Kong people with world-class wastewater treatment and stormwater drainage services. Thanks for the active participation by and full support of our stakeholders, we succeeded in implementing a number of flood prevention and sewage treatment projects in recent years. In 2014-15, we continued the initiative to arrange public engagement exercises and media promotion programmes as our major stakeholder engagement activities; and contributed to the community and youth development through educational outreach schemes and volunteer services.
Other Stakeholder Engagement Activities
Facilitating Information Flow via the Media
As usual, we inform the media from time to time of our latest developments through briefings and interviews. We also appear on information programmes to enhance knowledge sharing with different parties and promote our public image.
Media Briefing on the First High-voltage Combined Heat and Power Generator in Hong Kong
On 14 April 2014, we held a media briefing on the first high-voltage combined heat and power (CHP) generator in Hong Kong installed at the Sha Tin STW, detailing its conversion of biogas generated at the STW into renewable energy for effective reduction in greenhouse gases emissions.
Announcement in the Public Interests (API)
We premiered on 12 May 2014 a new Announcement in the Public Interests (API) titled “Never Discharge Wastewater into a Rainwater System” for viewers to understand that drains and sewers are two seperate systems, and that any wastewater entering a drain will be directly discharged into rivers and harbours, causing pollution and odours. The API also reminds the public not to dispose of wastewater into the rainwater collection system, and to help rectify any improper sewer connections.
We launched on 30 June 2014 two educational cartoons, namely “Adventure Down the Drain” and “Flood Story”, presenting our works in sewage treatment and flood prevention to the public, in particular students. Interactive games are also provided for viewers to test their understanding of DSD works.
Revamped DSD Website
A new layout of DSD website was launched in August 2014 to facilitate public search for departmental information and the latest updates.
Participation in the Information Programme “Sidewalk Scientist”
On 29 November 2014, a TVB programme, Sidewalk Scientist, featured our project of relocating the Sha Tin STW to caverns and the Stanley STW, the only existing cavern STW in Hong Kong.
Interview on Revitalising Water Bodies
On 17 February 2015, Mr HO Yiu-kwong and Mr LUK Wai-hung, our Chief Engineers, gave an interview to several newspapers, elaborating on the concept of revitalising water bodies in our drainage projects with various river improvement works completed, on-going or under planning. They also highlighted different greening and ecological elements involved.
Annual Media Briefing 2015
On 26 March 2015, we held an annual media briefing to update the press on our latest flood prevention works, followed by a site visit to the recently completed HVUSSS Phase 1 works and a demonstration of the movable crest weirs.
Bonding with Other Departments, Universities and the Industry
HATS Stage 2A Hydraulics and Process Forum
On 23 May 2014, we organised the “HATS Stage 2A Hydraulics and Process Forum” at SCISTW. Over 130 DSD staff, project consultants and academics attended the Forum to share their works experience.
Visit to the Sewage Conveyance System for HATS Stage 2A
On 5 June 2014, our project consultants briefed the staff at the Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) of CEDD on the deep sewage tunnel works for HATS Stage 2A, and took them on a tour of the tunnel section from Sai Ying Pun to Wan Chai East (under construction) for a better understanding of the site conditions as well as the construction procedures.
Join Hands to Green the Roof
We organised a planting activity, “Join Hands to Green the Roof”, at the Kowloon Bay Sewage Interception Station on 14 June 2014. Over one hundred people from our staff and their families, District Councils, green groups, professional institutions, other government departments, project consultants, contractors, etc. took part in the event to show their team spirit and promote environmental protection and sustainable development.
DSD International Conference 2014
With the theme of “Sustainable Stormwater and Wastewater Management”, the DSD International Conference 2014 took place from 12 to 14 November, attracting about 300 local and overseas academics, professionals and industry representatives.
Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015
To encourage our co-workers to exercise more for better health and boost the team morale, DSD formed again this year a “DSD Partners” group of about 400 members from our staff, consultants and contractors for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015 held on 25 January.
Liaison with District Council Members
Close contact with District Council (DC) members is one way for us to connect with the community. To this end, DSD representatives will attend DC meetings regularly. During the year, Director of Drainage Services and DSD representatives attended the Southern DC and North DC meetings, explaining our major projects for respective districts to DC members and listening to their views.
Working with Green Groups
The Nam Sang Wai River Education Trail
In association with the green group, Green Power, we launched the “Nam Sang Wai River Education Trail” of about 5.5 km long in November 2014. The Trail goes around Nam Sang Wai via the Yuen Long Bypass Floodway, Kam Tin River and Shan Pui River, with exhibition panels along the way providing information on river training works and conservation.