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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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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