DSD Annual Media Briefing 2018
27 March 2018
The Drainage Services Department (DSD) held the Annual Media Briefing (the Briefing) on 27 March to brief the media the latest situation on DSD’s flood prevention and sewage treatment and lead a visit to the Kai Tak River Improvement Works after the Briefing.
Mr Edwin TONG Ka-hung, the Director of Drainage Services, introduced the “4Rs” (Review, Rehabilitation，Relocation and River Revitalisation) bringing out the themes of the Briefing.
Mr TONG announced at the briefing that one flooding blackspot in Tung Tsz Road in Tai Po has been removed, reducing the number of flooding blackspots across the territory to 6. He also reviewed DSD’s major projects in past year, including constructing Dry Weather Flow Interceptor at Cherry Street Box Culvert, upgrading Kwun Tong Preliminary Treatment Works and enhancing the Kwun Tong Sewage Pumping Station.
Mr TONG also stated that studies have been carried out to conduct risk assessments of drains and sewers in Hong Kong and to formulate long term replacement and rehabilitation strategies. It was anticipated that the risk-based pipe rehabilitation works would be implemented in phases over several years.
DSD has been actively planning to relocate the aging Shatin Sewage Treatment Works to caverns in phases. After the relocation, the existing site could release about 28 hectares of land for public use which would facilitate the sustainable development of Hong Kong. In addition, caverns would serve as natural barriers covering up the sewage treatment facilities, together with odour control measures, the odour issue would definitely be minimized. Mr TONG anticipated that the first phase works would commence in 2019 and complete in 2022.
DSD had been conducting a consultancy study on Water Bodies Revitalization and was anticipated to complete in end 2018. The initial result identified several rivers, including Tai Wai Nullah, Fo Tan Nullah, mid-stream of Tuen Mun River and Jordan Valley Nullah, with high revitalization potential for further in-depth studies.
After the Briefing, Mr TONG led the media to visit the Kai Tak River Improvement Works. The project increased the drainage capacity of Kai Tak River and reduced the flooding risk of Wong Tai Sin and San Po Kong area. The project also implemented various greening and ecological elements to the river, transforming the waterway into a green and pleasant river corridor in urban area.
Mr Edwin TONG Ka-hung, the Director of Drainage Services, briefing the media on our works
Mr TONG introducing the Kai Tak River Improvement Works to the media
Mr TONG being interviewed by the media
Mr TONG taking a selfie with the reporters and DSD staff