Since 2018, Good Lab started a community-based co-creation project, “Community Design for Sustainable Development @ SWHEPP and Peripheral Areas”. Various community members, educators, green groups and other professionals came together to design the co-use space at Shek Wu Hui Effluent Polishing Plant (SWHEPP) and developed the concept of a district-based educational programme to showcase different interesting aspects of Sheung Shui as a community. Come and join us to co-create and imagine the future!

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Event Details

Project Showcase


Showcase of District-based Education Programme that connects Shek Wu Hui Effluent Polish Plant (SWHWPP), the peripheral environment and the community at large. Demonstration of environmental issues such as water supply management and environmental education.

“District-based Educational Programme” Showcase


Date: 19 – 20 January 2019 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 9:30am to 5pm

Location: Drainage Services Department (DSD) Open Day at Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works


  • Understand the concept of the educational programme through exhibition and 3D models

  • Take a sneak peek at the unique design of SWHEPP  

“District-based Educational Programme” Experiential Day


Date: 27 January 2019 (Sunday)

Time: 10am to 5pm (10am - 11am: Opening Ceremony)

Venue: Sheung Shui Heung Village Office (Near Sheung Shui Tung Hing Road, a 15-min walk from Sheung Shui MTR station)


  • Attend the Opening Ceremony to understand the whole picture of the project and meet the project team (Opening Ceremony will be from 10am - 11am) 

  • Experience how SWHEPP can facilitate social integration by joining the guided tour

  • Learn the cutting-edge design features of SWHEPP

  • Participate in the interactive booths featuring community traditions




(Pre-registration required)


Water nurtures life, but floodwater poses threats to our lives and properties whereas wastewater could lead to various environmental and hygiene issues.


Residents in Sheung Shui Heung and Fu Tei Au in Sheung Shui share a mixed feeling towards water. On one hand, Sheung Shui Heung villagers, in the early days, settled next to rivers, channeled water for irrigation and constructed a moat for defense. On the other hand, they also suffered from the nuisance of summer floods in the past centuries. Drainage Services Department (DSD) has been active in safeguarding the safety and properties of the residents by its river training works and the village pumping scheme. The future Shek Wu Hui Effluent Polishing Plants (SWHEPP) will also produce high-quality reclaimed water and open its green public co-use space to improve the quality of life of the residents.


In this journey, participants will have the CHANCE to understand the history of water and the Shueng Shui community over the last 700 years, get to know the future development of SWHEPP and listen to the local communities’ imagination on the future of neighbourhood.

Mini Flower Card Workshop

Founded in the 1960s, the master of the flower card, Master Huang Naizhong, took root in Sham Shui Po and succeeded the father to take charge of the Xinzhong Flower Shop. Master Huang has created an unique and authentic folk craft tradition. Master Huang will host a workshop for introducing the knowledge and technique for the mini flower card.

"Precious Water Resource" Project Showcase and Workshop

The students of Fung Kai No. 1 Secondary School have developed an automatic dripping facility which works according to the soil humidity. With homemade water-filter, part of the sewage produced in school can be converted to other purposes, saving water consumption. Fung Kai No. 1 Secondary School students will lead participants of the Experiential Day to make simple water filters and explore possibility of reusing water resources.


Handicraft Workshop

"Tutorial. Time" is one of the economic development projects of the St. James' Settlement Community. A workshop will be hosted to introduce traditional handicraft decor for Chinese New Year making use of red pockets.

Fun Booths



Project Background

The existing Shek Wu Hui Sewage Treatment Works (SWHSTW) has been in operations for over 30 years, treating sewage generated from Sheung Shui, Fanling and adjacent districts. To cope with future development and population rise in the North District, while enhancing the environmental performance of the facility, there is a need for an upgrade and expansion of SWHSTW, which will be renamed as Shek Wu Hui Effluent Polishing Plant (SWHEPP).

As part of the upgrade and expansion plan, the Drainage Services Department will incorporate adequate landscape features, construct a riverside promenade, and build various public amenities to integrate SWHEPP with the surrounding natural environment and communities.


Since 2018, Good Lab has been engaged by the Drainage Services Department to design and deliver a community-based co-creation project – “Community Design for Sustainable Development @ SWHEPP and the Peripheral Areas”. Using the methodology of design thinking, community members, educators, green groups and other professionals came together to co-design the co-use space and pre-registered visitor’s area at SWHEPP through a series of engagement activities including interviews, street booths, public workshops and focus groups.


Through understanding the hopes and needs of citizens, the project has focused on developing a user-centric design for the public co-use space and pre-registered visitor’s area at SWHEPP with linkages to the peripheral areas, and integrated with a district-based educational programme featuring topics such as sustainable living and district history. In the future, SWHEPP is anticipated to improve citizens’ standard of living and help build a more cohesive community in Sheung Shui.

About Educational Programme


Sheung Shui is known for its cultural, historical and environmental richness. It is a unique community where urban and rural lifestyles co-exist. The district-based educational programme, which is currently under consultation, aims to educate the general public on the importance of sustainable living as well as introducing the fascinating history and heritage of the peripheral areas around Shek Wu Hui Effluent Polishing Plant (SWHEPP). The programme will create a valuable community experience for learners and convey educational messages spanning different topics in the context of Sheung Shui.


Concept of the district-based educational programme includes two educational routes with numerous points of interest under the distinctive themes of (1) “Sustainable Living in Sheung Shui” and (2) “Impact of Water in District History”. Both routes are designed to be self-guided to provide visitors with flexibility to explore according to their interests.


The educational routes will also be underpinned by interesting narratives referencing the centuries-old village of Sheung Shui Heung, interplay between human and nature in Fu Tei Au, community-led sustainable initiatives in Sheung Shui, as well as evolution of the Drainage Services Department’s role in district development over the decades and significance of SWHEPP in the future.

The co-use space at SWHEPP will be part of both educational routes given its long-term importance in fostering community cohesion and sustainable development for Sheung Shui. Learners who are interested in the process of sewage treatment can also pre-register for an educational tour within the restricted area of the facility led by designated specialists.



The Drainage Services Department strives to provide world-class wastewater and stormwater drainage services enabling the sustainable development of Hong Kong. Since the establishment in 1989, DSD has made good progress in both sewage treatment and flood prevention. In future, DSD will continue to uplift the flood protection level and alleviate the flood risk in the areas concerned.


Founded in 2012, Good Lab is Hong Kong’s leading social innovation consultancy. It has played an influential part in developing the social enterprise and social innovation ecosystem in Hong Kong. Over the years, Good Lab has been nurturing social innovation leaders and fostering cross-sector collaboration in order to address various social issues in Hong Kong. Through partnering with the government, non-profits, businesses and academia, it aspires to co-create innovative and pragmatic solutions for the betterment of our society.

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