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Hong Kong’s Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme Receives Water Science and Technology Medal

Hong Kong SAR
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Flood alleviation program recognized for innovation, economic and social benefits

Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme (HVUSSS) has been awarded the 2018 Dai Yu Science & Technology Medal of the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society (“中國水利學會「大禹水利科學技術獎」”) for outstanding achievement in the areas of innovation and technology development.

Black & Veatch was the hydraulic designer of the HK$1 billion HVUSSS project, which was managed by the Drainage Services Department (DSD) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

“We are proud to contribute to a project that is recognized for its innovation, economic and social benefits. We are committed to promoting advanced technology usage to mitigate the risks of climate change,” said Andy Kwok, Managing Director, Black & Veatch Hong Kong.

The Dai Yu Water Science and Technology Awards has been organized annually since 2002. This is the first time a local drainage project, implemented by Black & Veatch project and DSD, in conjunction with the Hong Kong University of Science and technology, has won this award.

HVUSSS uses a large underground tank to store the surge of stormwater runoff which reduces downstream flooding risks during severe rainfall events. This is another example of Black & Veatch’s strategy to increase flood protection for communities and critical infrastructure. Central to the company’s approach is close collaboration with utilities to mitigate risks in a timely, cost-effective manner.

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Editor’s Notes:

  • The Dai Yu Water Science and Technology Awards is approved by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology and established by the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society for the whole country.
  • 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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