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Water Quality Control in Hong Kong: From Source to Tap
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The presentation intends to provide members some idea of how the drinking water is being controlled and monitored in Hong Kong.

When: 08/06/2015
12:30PM - 2:00PM
Where: CanCham Boardroom
1301 Kinwick Center 32 Hollywood Road
Hong Kong
Contact: Jane Chin

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Water Quality Control in Hong Kong:
From Source to Tap

Hosted by CanChamHK's
Sustainable Development Committee




Monday, June 8th, 2015


12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


CanCham Boardroom
1301 Kinwick Center
32 Hollywood Road
Central,Hong Kong


Members $200/Non-Members $300
(Lunch Provided)

About the Event:

The presentation will provide members an overview of the Hong Kong drinking water supply: from its multiple sources—our local reservoirs and the Dongjiang river in Guangdong—to the measures taken to ensure its purity at your tap.

Hong Kong enjoys one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world. All raw water regardless of its source, i.e. either rain water collected in local reservoirs or Dongjiang water imported from Guangdong Province, undergoes rigorous treatment and disinfection in water treatment works to ensure that the quality of treated water is clean, wholesome and pathogens-free before supplying to consumers.

The quality of drinking water in Hong Kong complies fully with the World Health Organization's (WHO) "Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality" and is perfectly safe for human consumption. Since 2007, the Water Supplies Department (WSD) has also implemented the Water Safety Plan which is based on preventive risk management principle and multiple barriers approach in accordance with the WHO requirement. Alongside the stringent monitoring programme, the Water Safety Plan assures the quality of water from source, through water treatment works to consumers' taps for public health protection.

The speaker will also share their idea on the topic of  "High Stakes: Asia's Water, Climate & Energy Challenges"



About the Speakers:


Ir. Cary Chan
General Manager, Technical Services and Sustainability, Swire Properties Limited

Ir Cary W H Chan oversees the development and implementation of sustainability policies and strategies for Swire Properties. Throughout the years, he took the lead in researches, energy and water initiatives, and waste management, with substantial improvements in environmental performance of buildings, some of which were also recognized with local awards and international awards from CIBSE and ASHRAE. He is currently a Director of HK Green Building Council (HKGBC), Business Environment Council and the BEAM Society Ltd. Ir Chan also chairs the Policy and Research Committee to drive for the enhancement in the sustainable development of the industry. Ir Chan is also a member of Environmental Campaign Committee and steering committee task force member of water use group of HKGBC.
Debra Tan
Director,China Water Risk

Debra Tan heads China Water Risk, a non-profit initiative dedicated to highlighting and addressing business and environmental risk arising from China’s limited water resources. Tan has written extensively about the water-energy-good nexus as well as ground-breaking reports analyzing the impact of water risks on certain sectors for financial institutions and coporates. Aside from investor conferences, she has also been the keynote and panelist at numerous industry conferences as well as G2G and academic forums.
She started her career in finance, spending over a decade as a chartered accountant and investment banker specializing in mergers & acquisitions and strategic advisory. She has lived and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, New York and Singapore. Tan left banking to explore her creative side. She has since pursued her interest in photography and within a year had her first solo exhibition. She also ran and organized hands-on philanthropic and luxury holidays for a small but global private members travel network and applied her auditing, financing and photography skills in the field for various charitable organizations and foundations.

Kelvin Kwok
Senior Waterworks Chemist, Water Supplies Department

Kelvin Kwok has joined the Water Supplies Department of the HKSAR as a Waterworks Chemist since 1988 and has 25 years of experience in the control and monitoring of drinking water quality in Hong Kong. His main responsibilities are to ensure the safety of the drinking water supply in Hong Kong. He is also engaged in the water treatment process design, raw water resources management, water reclamation and the recent project for the construction of a desalination plant in Hong Kong.
About the Moderator:
Jason Sylvester
Senior Project Manage,Velocity Solutions Ltd.

Jason is currently the senior Project Manager with Velocity Solutions Ltd., a Hong Kong-based IT services and consulting company. Velocity’s experienced consultants offer a wide-range of expertise in information systems, network development, Internet design, and web enablement. Jason has a range of experience project managing implementations for a variety of technological platforms, having worked in Canada, the United States, and the past twelve years in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. Jason’s love for our most precious natural resource led him to join the Sustainable Development committee in 2006 in his quest to find solutions to the environmental degradation common in local waters, such as marine debris, shark-finning, and unsustainable fishing practices. Jason is dedicated to raising public awareness and to helping protect the Earth’s last frontier.


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