Other Stakeholder Engagement Activities
From time to time, DSD has held media briefings, given interviews, and participated in informational programmes to announce its latest developments, in order to enhance knowledge sharing with different parties and promote our public image. To strengthen our ties with the community, we have also sent representatives to attend DC meetings on a regular basis. To promote industry exchanges, we have organised technical forums and engaged green groups in focus group discussion.
Media Exchanges and Interviews
Participation in Information Programme Think Big
On 22 May 2015, Sha Tin STW was featured in the TVB programme Think Big, giving the public a better picture of sewage treatment processes in Hong Kong.
Interview for "Keep Clean 2015@Hong Kong" Campaign
On 18 August 2015, Mr. WONG Chi-leung and Mr. LEE Ming-keung, our Engineers, and Mr. LUK Koon-keung, Drain Chargeman, were interviewed by several newspapers, during which they introduced DSD’s work in clearing drains and sewers. Our Direct Labour Force also gave a demonstration of clearance works for drains and sewers in Sham Shui Po district.
Interview on Revitalising Water Bodies and Climate Change
On 30 October and 23 November 2015, Mr. LEUNG Wah-ming, Richard, our Senior Engineer, received newspaper interviews on the topics of revitalising water bodies and climate change respectively. In the former, he elaborated on the concept as incorporated in DSD’s drainage projects, as well as several river revitalisation projects which were completed, on-going or under planning. As for the interview on climate change, Mr. Leung gave an overview of DSD’s flood protection strategies, including interception, flood storage, drainage improvement, and sustainable drainage system.
Interview on DSD Laboratory Services
On 1 February 2016, Dr. TANG Tin-wu, our Senior Chemist, was interviewed by several newspapers, during which he sharedthe history and the scope of works of DSD’s laboratory services and its future plans. Dr. Tang also demonstrated the unique Microscopic Examination technique of DSD, which could facilitate enhancement of the sewage treatment process through examination of the behaviour of bacteria in sewage and understand the sewage conditions.
Annual Media Briefing 2016
On 22 March 2016, we held the annual DSD Media Briefing to updatethe press on our latest flood prevention and sewage treatment work, followed by a site visit to the Kowloon City No. 1 Sewage Pumping Station. The facility was given the Platinum Rating (the highest rating) of Final Assessment under the BEAM Plus for New Buildings in late 2015, the first government facility to be recognised as such under the scheme.
Liaison with District Council Members
One of the channels through which DSD connects with the community is our close correspondence with District Council (DC) members. To this end, DSD representatives will attend DC meetings regularly. During the year, the Director of Drainage Services and departmental representatives attended meetings by the Yau Tsim Mong, Wong Tai Sin, Tsuen Wan, Kowloon City and Eastern DCs, during which we explained our major projects for respective districts to DC members and listened to their views.
Research and Development Forum 2015
The DSD Research and Development Forum 2015 was held on 11 and 18 November at the Hong Kong Science Museum. The Forum consisted of sessions themed “Wastewater Management” and “Revitalising Water Bodies” respectively and were attended by some 300 local academics, professionals, and industry representatives. With pioneers and experts in the field giving keynote speeches, the Forum facilitated industry-wide cooperation and technological innovation in wastewater management, while participants shared invaluable first-hand experiences in the research and development of river beautification, ecological conservation and water-friendly cultures.
Ongoing Communications with Green Groups
Over three meetings in 2015-16, DSD exchanged views on river ecologies with green groups, including Green Power, WWF-Hong Kong, The Conservancy Association, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, and Designing Hong Kong. Tabled topics include ecological features adopted in drainage improvement projects, revitalisation of water bodies, ecological protection measures deployed in construction works on natural streams, and studies of river ecosystems.