DSD Open Day 2018 concluded successfully
31 January 2018
The Drainage Services Department (DSD) Open Day 2018 was held at Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works on 27 & 28 January 2018 and concluded successfully. The two-day event received overwhelming response from the public and attracted over 19,000 visitors in total, which was record-high over the years.
Under this year’s theme, “Clean up our water, prepare for the rainy day”, the event features various activities such as guided tours and thematic exhibitions which aim at enhancing public’s knowledge of the work undertaken by the DSD in flood prevention, sewage treatment, and combating and mitigating climate change.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin Tong Ka-hung, said that in terms of “clean up our water”, the DSD treats one billion cubic metre of sewage annually and as sewage treatment facilities are required to work round-the-clock, a substantial amount of electricity will have to be consumed. In order to reduce carbon emissions and save energy, the DSD attached great importance to research and development, and adopted innovative and cost-effective treatment technologies as well as utilised renewable energy such as biogas and sunlight.
In order to “prepare for the rainy day”, Mr Tong said that apart from carrying out drainage improvement works to enhance flood conveyance capacity in various districts, the DSD has been revitalising rivers with landscape beautification and applied concepts of nature conservation in recent years to build green channels to facilitate water-friendly activities and improve the living environment of the community.
He added that the department continued to organise the Blue-Green Ambassadors Training Programme this year. Over 200 ambassadors were recruited from 10 primary and secondary schools and 20 of them were selected as docents of the Open Days.
The key projects of DSD featured on the Open Days include the Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme, Harbour Area Treatment Scheme Stage 2A, Solar Farm at Siu Ho Wan Sewage Treatment Works and Relocation of Shatin Sewage Treatment Works to Caverns. Other highlights include a wide range of entertaining and educational programmes, such as stage performances, game booths, a kids fun area and parent-child planting activity.
As a major highlight of the event, 19 trade partners, green groups, tertiary education and professional institutions had set up exhibition and game booths to provide the latest information of their products and services to the public. To encourage participation, two competitions, namely “The Best Thematic Booth” and “The Favorite Booth” were held during the Open Day. Visitors could show their support by casting votes. Assistant Directors of Drainage Services, Mr Chui Wai-sing, presented the prizes to Welcome Construction Cmpany Limited with the highest number of votes for the two competitions.
The Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin Tong Ka-hung (third left); the Deputy Director of Drainage Services, Mr Mak Ka-wai (third right); and the Assistant Directors of Drainage Services, Mr Chui Wai-sing (first left), Mr Anthony Tsang Kwok-leung (second left), Mr Fedrick Kan Yim-fai (second right), and Mr Henry Chau Kwok-ming (first right), officiated at the opening ceremony