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Drainage Services Department

Sustainability Report 2013-14

The Year's Highlights

The Year's Highlights

In 2013-14, DSD has been conferred upon a number of awards in recognition of our outstanding achievements in various aspects. The awards covered a wide variety of aspects including occupational safety and health, environmental protection, sustainability, research, complaint handling and technological innovations. Thanks to the great effort of our colleagues!



DSD's "Safety Measures for Working Personnel in Confined Spaces", which proposed innovative use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for monitoring works in confined space, won the Gold Award in the "Best Public Service Application (Small Scale Project)" Category of the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2013 organised by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).


Merit Award of 2012 Environmental Paper Award

Our paper "Bank of Green Roofs in Drainage Services Department" received the Merit Award of 2012 Environmental Paper Award organised by the Environmental Division of HKIE.


Our projects HATS and Hong Kong West Drainage Tunnel were selected as one of the ten Hong Kong People Engineering Wonders in the 21st Century organised by HKIE. The projects received the second and third highest votes in the campaign respectively.


In 2013, HKIE conferred three awards on our projects in Innovation Award for the Engineering Industry. “Environmental Sludge Treatment Process Developed on Co-settling Technology” was the Champion under “Technology” Category, while Lai Chi Kok Drainage Tunnel and Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme were bestowed the Merit Awards under “Construction” Category.


DSD's "Co-settlement and Energy Conservation Approach for Sludge Treatment" won the Merit Award in the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence - Green Innovation Awards 2012.


The project teams of Lai Chi Kok Drainage Tunnel and “Image from Sewage” were respectively awarded the Silver Prize and Meritorious Award under “Team Awards (General Public Service)” in the Civil Service Outstanding Service Award Scheme 2013.


Our research study on revitalising urban streams in collaboration with the Chinese University of Hong Kong received the Merit Award in Hong Kong Institute of Planners Awards 2013.


DSD was awarded the Grand Award for Public Organisations of the Ombudmans’s Awards 2013 in recognition of our effort in providing quality service to the public and effectiveness in handling complaints. Apart from the Grand Award, our engineers, Mr. Derek SAM Kai-pong and Mr. Mike CHO Wai-hung received the Ombudsman’s Award 2013 for Officers of Public Organisations to recognize their professionalism in complaint handling.



We have been actively participating in Indoor Air Quality Certificate Award Scheme held by Environmental Protection Department since 2007 and received “Good Class” IAQ Certificates for various workplaces for seven consecutive years. The following 14 workplaces received the Award in 2013:

  • Administration Building of Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works (SCISTW);
  • Office and Control Room of Chemical Dosing Facility of SCISTW;
  • Control Room of Sludge Treatment Facility of SCISTW;
  • Control Centre of Main Pumping House of SCISTW;
  • Administration Building of Shatin Sewage Treatment Works (STSTW);
  • Laboratory Building of STSTW;
  • Mechanical Workshop of STSTW;
  • Administration Building of Siu Ho Wan Sewage Treatment Works (SHWSTW);
  • Control and Switch Room of Centrifuge Building of SHWSTW;
  • Administration Building of Shek Wu Hui Sewage Treatment Works;
  • Administration Building of Yuen Long Sewage Treatment Works;
  • Administration Building of Sham Tseng Sewage Treatment Works;
  • Office of Wan Chai East Preliminary Treatment Works; and
  • New Office, Control Room and Works Manager’s Office of Ha Tsuen Sewage Pumping Station.


Gold Award in "Government" Category and ranked 31 in Top 50 Annual Reports Worldwide in 2012/13 Vision AwardsTo demonstrate our commitment to a sustainable future, we published the first Sustainability Report “Collaboration for a Sustainable Future” last year. With the concerted effort of DSD colleagues, the Sustainability Report 2012-13 won the Gold Award in “Government” Category and ranked 31 in Top 50 Annual Reports Worldwide in 2012/13 Vision Awards organised by the League of American Communications Professionals LLC (LACP), amongst more than 6,000 entries.


DSD Engineer Mr. CHEUNG Pak Kin was bestowed the Certificate of Merit in the HKIE Innovation Awards for Young Members in recognition of his endeavours in putting forward a number of engineering breakthroughs and sustainable initiatives throughout the implementation of Lai Chi Kok Drainage Tunnel.


Grand Award for Outstanding Exhibit under the "Displays Section (Local)" Category in Hong Kong Flower Show 2014Our display booth “Home Sweet Cavern” was conferred upon the Grand Award for Outstanding Exhibit under the “Displays Section (Local)” Category in Hong Kong Flower Show 2014 organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Incorporated with innovative and environmental friendly landscape design, the booth showcases DSD’s works through an ingenious display of a series of tubular columns which resemble drainage pipes and are organized to mimic a cavern. A meandering and shade-dappled path divides the cavern into exquisitely linked sceneries, each with an individuality that invites visitors to ponder a stroll. The cohesive yet aesthetically rich space, providing a feeling of “home” for visitors while at the same time allowing them to appreciate the opportunities and benefits of the cavern development.