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Safety Inspection of Hong Kong Reservoirs Awarded to Black & Veatch

Hong Kong SAR
Monday, June 11, 2018

United Kingdom and Hong Kong teams collaborate to ensure integrity of critical water infrastructure

The Water Supplies Department (WSD) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has appointed Black & Veatch as one of the independent inspectors of Hong Kong's reservoirs.

Hong Kong's 7.3 million residents rely on the WSD for safe, reliable drinking water. Black & Veatch is responsible for assessing the condition of the reservoirs at the heart of the WSD’s operations.

"Hong Kong has no natural lakes, rivers or major groundwater resources, making effective management of the region's reservoirs paramount," said Andy Kwok, Managing Director, Black & Veatch Hong Kong. "We know these assets well, having helped engineer the impounding reservoirs during the 1930s. It is gratifying to continue our role in their safe operation," Kwok added.

Black & Veatch will be conducting the formal independent inspection of 63 service reservoirs and six impounding reservoirs. Choosing Black & Veatch provides continuity in the management of this critical infrastructure; since 2000 the company has had a role in safety reviews for the WSD's small and large service reservoirs or impounding reservoirs.

The latest work will include quantitative landslip risk assessment (QRA) of slopes surrounding the service reservoirs, which will be conducted in parallel with the reservoir inspections. Black & Veatch inspectors, including those from the UK All Reservoirs Panel, will undertake the work in conjunction with professionals from the company's Hong Kong office.

Since the first Hong Kong dam project, more than 85 years ago, Black & Veatch has helped engineer the Special Administrative Region's impounding reservoirs. More recently the company has helped the WSD explore the assets' renewable energy potential, through a feasibility study to explore the installation of floating solar panels. Like the dam inspection work, the floating solar panel project was a successful collaboration between Black & Veatch's Hong Kong and UK experts.

Editor’s Notes:

  • 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.
  • The company performed the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th cycles of the small reservoirs safety review assignments, and the 7th cycle of the large service reservoirs and impounding reservoirs safety reviews. The latest cycle of work will last 60 months.
  • Black & Veatch helped to develop the QRA methodology with the WSD in the course of a separate assignment.
  • Download a photo of a Hong Kong reservoir here

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