Victoria Harbour is a precious natural asset and an integral part of Hong Kong’s identity. Yet once, not long ago, our treasured harbour was polluted. Our beaches were closed, the Cross Harbour Race suspended and marine life impaired. This book tells the story of how the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme cleaned up our harbour and restored its beauty, fragrance and vitality.


This series of letters from the Drainage Services Department sheds light on the vision, challenges and successes of the Scheme spanning over two decades. We dedicate this book to the people of Hong Kong, our engineers and our dear Victoria Harbour, for making this city a great metropolis and our beloved home.