DSD Open Days promotes Blue-Green Infrastructure
15 October 2016
Open Days of the Drainage Services Department (DSD) are being held at Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works today (October 15) and tomorrow (October 16). Under this year's theme, Blue-Green Infrastructure for You and Me, the event introduces the work of the DSD on flood prevention, sewage treatment and combating climate change through thematic tours, display panels, model exhibitions and game booths. All are welcome.
Speaking at the opening ceremony today (October 15), the Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin Tong, said that in the term Blue-Green Infrastructure, "blue" refers to water bodies while "green" represents greening, landscaping, carbon reduction and energy saving. Based on the sustainability principle, Blue-Green Infrastructure enhances the community's living environment and maintains Hong Kong as a liveable city "for you and me".
He said that, in flood prevention, the DSD carries out drainage improvement works to enhance the flood conveyance capacity, and at the same time, to revitalise rivers with water features, landscape beautification and ecological concepts so as to build green channels and improve the living environment for the community. Regarding sewage treatment, the department puts emphasis on conducting research, adopting innovative and more cost-effective treatment technologies, as well as utilising renewable energy, such as biogas, sunlight and wind, to reduce carbon emissions and save energy.
He added that the department had organised the Blue-Green Ambassadors Training Programme this year with more than 200 primary and secondary school student participants. Through expeditions, the programme aims to deepen youngsters' understanding of the ecological environment, thereby encouraging them to appreciate the importance of environmental protection and water conservation.
The key projects of the DSD featured in the event include the Relocation of Sewage Treatment Works to Caverns, the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme Stage 2A, the Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme and the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Kai Tak River.
Other highlights include stage performances, a fun area for kids, a family planting corner and photo-taking corners. The wide range of programmes is both entertaining and educational.
Admission and activities at the Open Days are free of charge. Free shuttle bus services are provided at the following locations from 9.30am to 4.30pm at intervals of 10-15 minutes:
The Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin Tong, delivering a speech at the opening ceremony
The Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin Tong (second right), presenting awards to participants of the Blue-Green Ambassadors Training Programme
Group photo of the open day opening ceremony
Blue-Green Ambassadors introducing the DSD’s work to the public
Group photo of The Director of Drainage Services, Mr Edwin Tong (sixth right), and DSD’s band “The Revival”
The wide range of open day programmes was both entertaining and educational, and well received by the public