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

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 recognised 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 organised 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.