News and Updates

News and Updates

First Workshop for Smart Water Detectives: A STEM Student Ambassador Programme

The First Workshop of the “Smart Water Detectives: A STEM Student Ambassador Programme” was held successfully on February 11 for 37 student ambassadors from 5 schools at the Innovation Wing. The workshop aimed to promote water literacy and to introduce the Internet of Things technologies.

Date: 11 February 2023 (Sat)

Time: 10:30am-12:00nn

Venue: Innovation Wing II, G/F Run Run Shaw Building, HKU

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RTHK Interview | Hong Kong Connection 

The Executive Director of our Centre, Dr. Frederick Lee, addressed the issues of water conservation in Hong Kong in a recent episode of Hong Kong Connection (鏗鏘集). He emphasised the importance of conserving water as one way for our city to contribute to the global sustainability agenda.

Dr. Lee also explained how a “Smart Meter Analyser” developed by our Centre’s research team could help provide insights into how water is being used in the domestic sector. He added that the findings of this project could help generate policy measures to induce water-conscious behaviors.

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Innovation Wing II Exhibition 

The Smart Water Auditing Project is now showcased in the Second Exhibition of Innovation Wing Two. Details of the exhibition are as follows:

Date: 6 January 2023 to 31 August 2023

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays

Venue: Innovation Wing II, G/F Run Run Shaw Building, HKU

All are welcome and admission is free.

Final Report of the ECF Student Ambassador Scheme 

The ECF Student Ambassador Scheme was successfully completed in November 2022. This action-oriented, awareness-raising activity applied the knowledge of the Centre for Water Technology and Policy on conducting water auditing and a novel method of engagement, helped students gain new knowledge on domestic water-use behaviour and committed to creating behavioural changes for greater contribution to water conservation.

Below please find the final report:

Final report of the ECF Student Ambassador Scheme

Roundtable on “Water Reuse in the Northern Metropolis”

Date: 29 September 2022 (Thursday)

Time: 9:30am-1:00pm

Inter-disciplinary Forum-Smart Water Cities

The Inter-disciplinary Forum, co-organized by the Centre and the Water Supplies Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is designed to promote an exchange of innovative ideas among practitioners, policy-makers and research scientists on salient policy-technology interface issues in the urban water sector.

Date: 15 September 2022 (Thursday)

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Format: Zoom

Language: English

Registration: Please click here


Webinar on “The 1963 Drought: Is it time to forget about it?”

Dr Frederick Lee, Executive Director of our Centre, will deliver a talk at a webinar organized by the Nanyang Technological University’s History and Hong Kong Research Hub. The title of his talk: “The 1963 Drought: Is it time to forget about it?”

Date: June 30, 2022 (Thursday)

Time: 4:30-6:00pm

Format: Zoom

Language: English

Registration: Please click here

Here is the abstract of his talk:

The 1963 drought has played a central role in Hong Kong’s water history for about six decades, even though the city has by now become a completely different place—it has undergone fundamental transformations in its social, economic and political systems. Several world-class infrastructure projects have ensured that Hong Kongers have enjoyed uninterrupted water supply since 1982, making us oblivious to the fact that the city has been hit by episodes of droughts in the past four decades. There is every reason to believe that these projects will continue to insulate Hong Kong people from the impacts of droughts. The central thesis of this talk: The official narrative of Hong Kong’s water story has been anchored in the 1963 drought, but circumstances have changed. Thus, continuing to fear the spectre of drought-induced water-use restrictions runs the risk of our becoming prisoners of this entrenched narrative—blinded by outdated premises and overlooking the most pressing issues in water planning in the 21st century. It is time for us to contemplate alternative narratives that will help us address real challenges.


The Centre for Water Technology and Policy was awarded a HK$4.09M Strategic Public Policy Research Grant for a research project on Smart Water Auditing.

The Centre for Water Technology and Policy was awarded, in March 2022, a HK$4.09 million grant under the Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, administered by the Hong Kong SAR Government’s Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office.

Date: March, 2022