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


Image: Black & Veatch selected by Hong Kong to increase drinking water supply. Photo: Courtesy of vivek chugh/

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.

Black & Veatch Hong Kong managing director Andy Kwok said: “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.”

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.

Source: Company Press Release