Black & Veatch to help Water Supplies Department turn hilly terrain and rock formations into opportunities for land supply

The Water Supplies Department (WSD) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is considering to relocate the Diamond Hill Fresh Water and Salt Water Service Reservoirs (DHSRs) to caverns.

WSD has appointed Black & Veatch to investigate, design and supervise the construction of the caverns and the new DHSRs.

“Enhancing land resources is critical to Hong Kong’s success. Housing service reservoirs in caverns is a technically viable alternative that can increase land supply. By collaborating with WSD, we are able to address the key requirements of delivering a world-class facility,” said Andy Kwok, managing director, Black & Veatch Hong Kong.

The main objective for the project is to release land for other beneficial uses while still providing a quality water supply to the local areas.

A new fresh water service reservoir, a new salt water service reservoir and associated pumping stations will be constructed within the caverns to replace the existing installations.

Black & Veatch will be involved in designing tunnels, caverns and associated works for the new DHSRs; optimising the water supply systems of the proposed service reservoirs; and decommissioning the existing DHSRs and pumping station.

Across the world, Black & Veatch has demonstrated the ability to successfully design and manage the construction of reservoirs and other water infrastructure. The company offers integrated and collaborative solutions, exemplified in Hong Kong by the construction of the award-winning Western Salt Water Service Reservoirs.