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Black & Veatch Entrusted to Increase Fresh Water Supply for Hong Kong’s Lantau Island

Hong Kong SAR
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Capacity of Siu Ho Wan Water Treatment Works will be doubled to meet the future needs of residents and businesses

The Water Supplies Department (WSD) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has entrusted Black & Veatch with the responsibility of addressing the future water demands of Lantau Island.

The project consists of extending Siu Ho Wan Water Treatment Works and enhancing the transfer capacity of the associated raw water supply systems. Capacity will expand from the existing 150 000 cubic metres per day (m3/d) to 300 000 (m3/d).

The expansion of the water treatment works will help enable the Hong Kong government’s various housing and economic developments along the northern shore of Lantau under the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint.

“Our global experience in water treatment has helped us identify ozone-activated carbon filtration as a possible solution for the extension of WSD’s Siu Ho Wan Water Treatment Works. The ozonation process increases the disinfection capacity of the plant and improves water quality,” said Andy Kwok, Managing Director, Black & Veatch Hong Kong.

Cost efficiencies can be achieved through the longer lifespan of the filters while coping with North Lantau’s anticipated increase of water demand.

Black & Veatch will be carrying out the investigation study, site investigation, design, preparation and assessment of tenders and supervising the construction works of the Siu Ho Wan Water Treatment Works extension.

The Siu Ho Wan project reflects Black & Veatch’s long-term business strategy of supporting the provision of safe drinking water to communities in Hong Kong. A recent example of this strategy includes the company’s appointment as one of the independent inspectors of Hong Kong's reservoirs.

The consultancy agreement is based on New Engineering Contract (NEC) principles that facilitates sound project management practices and defines legal relationships. Project success in terms of time, cost savings and improved quality is achieved through deeper collaboration with clients, like WSD, to identify and resolve risks.

Editor's Notes:

  • The Siu Ho Wan Water Treatment Works extension consultancy agreement was awarded to Black & Veatch at $54 million.
  • Black & Veatch has played an integral role in developing Hong Kong water supply since 1930. The company continues to work on a number of flagship water projects in Hong Kong including the design of Hong Kong’s first reverse osmosis desalination plant at Tseung Kwan O and the development of a sustainable design to reduce the burden on fresh water and use of energy at the expansion of Hong Kong International Airport.

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