Consultant Black & Veatch has earned the Global Grand Prize in the design category of the International Water Association (IWA) Project Innovation Awards for the Tai Po Water Treatment Works and Aqueducts project in Hong Kong.
The new facilities provide 250,000m3 of potable water per day. The scheme includes 12km of aqueduct tunnels, with capacity for 1.2Mm3 per day. Black & Veatch began planning and development of the supplemental water supply for Hong Kong and Kowloon in 1994. Tai Po was selected as the location for the facility because of its proximity to the raw water supply system. But due to Hong Kong's large population and high land value, the site for Tai Po Water Treatment Works was relegated to a small hill-side area. During development of the project, the available area was modified and reduced to accommodate the Fung Shui requirements of the local villages.