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.
Public Engagement Activities for DSD Projects
DSD works are strongly related to the living standard of the public. At different project stages, we strive to provide various platforms in the form of briefings, visits, workshops, group discussions, etc., to disseminate project information and gauge feedback. Keeping close contact with the public not only facilitates the smooth implementation of works but also strengthens our relationship with the public.
Harbour Area Treatment Scheme Stage 2A
We organised various engagement activities for the public to learn more about the project features and its contribution to improving the water quality of Victoria Harbour.
16 August 2014
The delegation of the Geological Society of London visited the Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works (SCISTW)
7 February and 14 March 2015
The delegation of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers visited SCISTW
We also received delegations from the Beijing Hydraulic Institute, the University of Hong Kong, the South China University of Technology, the Zhongshan City Central Construction and Command Headquarters of Rain and Sewage Diversion, etc.
4 and 7 November 2014
Our consultants and contractors for the tunnelling works gave talks to Po Leung Kuk Tong Nai Kan Junior Secondary College and Ying Wa College respectively.
Topping-out Ceremony for New Main Pumping Station at SCISTW
On 19 June 2014, we held a topping-out ceremony for the new main pumping station (MPS) at SCISTW, marking an important milestone for the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS) Stage 2A. As a major facility of the project, the new MPS conveys sewage from deep tunnels to the ground level for chemically enhanced primary treatment, disinfection and, subsequently, discharge into the water body to the west of Victoria Harbour.
Media Briefing on HATS Sewage Tunnel Breakthrough
On 6 October 2014, we arranged a media briefing to announce the breakthrough of all sewage tunnel sections (21 kilometres in total length) for HATS Stage 2A, turning a new chapter for the project.
Maiden Voyage Ceremony for “Clean Harbour 1”
On 5 March 2015, we hosted a maiden voyage ceremony for DSD sludge vessel, “Clean Harbour 1”. Officiating guests included Mr WONG Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment; Mr KWOK Chun-wah, Chairman of the Sham Shui Po District Council; and Mr Benjamin MOK Kwan-yu, District Officer of Sham Shui Po. “Clean Harbour 1”, together with the concurrently built vessel, “Clean Harbour 2”, is responsible for delivering all the sludge from SCISTW to the sludge treatment facility in Tuen Mun, minimising the impacts on road traffic and the environment.
Kai Tak River Improvement Works
“Building Our Kai Tak River” Public Engagement Programme
The Kai Tak River Improvement Works aim to improve the watercourse formerly known as Kai Tak Nullah, on one hand increasing its drainage capacity, and on the other, providing a green river corridor with landscape and ecological elements for more leisure space for the nearby communities.
As early as before the project commencement, we teamed up with the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) and the Planning Department (PlanD) to organise a 2-phase public engagement programme, “Building our Kai Tak River”. Since the implementation of the project in 2011, we have maintained close communication with different stakeholders to fully understand their concerns and minimise the impacts of the works on residents. This year, we arranged separate site visits for various groups, including DSD staff and their families, students, the general public, and members of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Engineers Australia (Hong Kong Chapter).
Interviews with News Programme and Newspaper
On 12 September 2014, the news programme of the Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), A Closer Look, interviewed us on the Kai Tak River Improvement Works. On 17 December of the same year, Ming Pao Daily News and Wen Wei Po interviewed Mr LEE Hong-nin, Robin, our Senior Engineer, on the same subject. All the interviews covered various aspects like the history and ecology of the River, project objectives and greening works.
Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme
The Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme (HVUSSS) aims to reduce the flood risks in Happy Valley and Wan Chai district with the construction of an underground stormwater storage tank. We have endeavoured to keep close contact with the neighbouring groups, schools and other stakeholders since the works began.
Interview with the Xinhua News Agency (Hong Kong Branch)
On 15 August 2014, we had an interview with the Hong Kong branch of the Xinhua News Agency for HVUSSS, sharing our flood prevention strategies and experience in Hong Kong. The interview covered, inter alia, project design features, innovative concepts, heritage conservation, tree preservation, communication with stakeholders and relevant awards.
Interviews with Wen Wei Po, Oriental Daily, and Hong Kong Commercial Daily
On 18 December 2014, Mr LUK Wai-hung, our Chief Engineer, and others gave an interview to Wen Wei Po, Oriental Daily, and Hong Kong Commercial Daily on the design features of HVUSSS. In the interview, Ms CHENG Nga-see, our Senior Engineer, shared her on-site experience, while Professor JIM Chi-yung, Chair Professor of Geography at the University of Hong Kong, also known as “Dr Tree”, explained our tree preservation efforts in this project.
Stakeholder Engagement Workshops
Following the stakeholder engagement workshops held in 2012 and 2013, we organised another workshop for HVUSSS on 30 December 2014. Major stakeholders, including the Wan Chai District Council, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) were updated on the progress of the works and expressed their views on the project arrangements.
Village Sewerage Projects
In carrying out the village sewerage projects, DSD and the Environmental Protection Department will keep in touch with relevant District Councils, Rural Committees, village representatives and villagers. For instance, we will explain to the villagers the arrangements for connecting village sewers to the public sewerage, payment of sewage services charges, etc.
During the construction, we will ensure that the villagers are well informed about the works arrangements and minimise any inconvenience to them. For example, we will post notices in the village to show the works area and schedule, and agree with particular house owners on the locations of terminal manholes.
In 2014-15, our project team received from the village representatives of Yuen Long district a number of thank-you letters recognising and appreciating our efforts.