Webinar: Early Waterworks on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula: The Facilities and the Water
14 April 2022
6:30 – 7:45 pm
Webinar via Zoom
Safety Specialist Committee (SSC)
Speaker: Dr. S.W. Poon
Background of the Speaker:
Dr. S.W. Poon Dr. Poon is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Real Estate
and Construction, The University of Hong Kong. Previously he was Associate
Professor, Deputy Head and Acting Head of the same Department.
1970s, he studied Structural Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic. Later he
obtained an MSc in Construction and the PhD from Loughborough University, U.K.
is a Chartered Structural Engineer, a Corporate Member of the Hong Kong
Institution of Engineers and a Member of Chartered Institution of Water and
worked in consulting firms for several years before commencing teaching and
research at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The National University of
Singapore and The University of Hong Kong.
he was interested to study temporary works design and construction, and
investigation of accidents and failures during construction. In the last two
decades his research interest has focused on historic construction works as
• Centenary Tai
Tam Tuk Reservoir Dam • History of Quarrying in Hong Kong
Lighthouses in Hong Kong and nearby Places
• Exportation of
Quality Granite to the Pacific Rim in the 19th and 20th Century
Waterworks on the Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula
supply of quality water is vital to residents’ well-being and sustainable
development in Hong Kong, which has come in a no easy way in a place with
steady increasing population but lack of large natural lakes or rivers. For
over 160 years the engineers have been playing an important role in providing
the necessary waterworks for such achievement.
by the accidental discovery of the Bishop Hill service reservoir and its
resonance, this talk aims to take a retrospective view over a spectrum of
heritage waterworks that have not only helped shaping Hong Kong but laid a
sound foundation for subsequent upgrading and expansion in supplying potable
water. Findings of the research is based on the study of archives of the
earliest waterworks on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula between 1860 and
1912, and visits to these heritage works.
the origin of Hong Kong’s waterworks, and the historical and contemporary
significance of the early waterworks are reviewed. Special attention is given
to those facilities in connection with the earliest impounding reservoirs such
as Pokfulam Reservoir, Tai Tam Waterworks Scheme, the Pumping Station at Yau Ma
Tei, and Kowloon Gravitation Storage Reservoir.
the clues to the design and construction of the Bishop Hill Service Reservoir
are postulated by back analysis and reviewing similar construction works in the
early twentieth century.
the history of the quality of water in tandem with the installation of related
waterworks is examined.
Early Waterworks on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula: The Facilities and
the Water (google.com)