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What do you think about “the Supply of Recycled Water in Hong Kong”? (25/11/2018)

To cope with the challenges brought about by climate change on water resources, the Water Supplies Department (WSD) has been actively exploring new water resources, such as recycled water, that are not susceptible to climate change. Currently, the WSD is conducting a public consultation on the supply, charge and use of recycled water. At the same time, WSD has been working with the Drainage Services Department (DSD) to take forward the production of reclaimed water. This time, I have invited the Under Secretary for Development (USDEV), Mr LIU Chun-san, to take us to the Shek Wu Hui Sewage Treatment Works (SWHSTW) in Sheung Shui and tell us more about the details of the public consultation and the production of reclaimed water……

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“Building Doctor” takes the pulse of old buildings (18/11/2018)

Timely building repairs and maintenance can weed out problems at an early stage and ensure public safety. The building surveyors of the Buildings Department (BD) are like “building doctors”, “taking the pulse” of aging buildings to prevent their safety conditions from deteriorating. Sometimes I share different stories of my colleagues in “My Blog” to give a better picture of the work of the various departments under the Development Bureau. This time, I have invited Ms SHUM Ying, a young building surveyor, who will tell us about her daily work and remind us of the importance of the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) and the Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme (MWIS)......

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Successful conclusion of the “Heritage Vogue · Hollywood Road” street carnival (11/11/2018)

The “Heritage Vogue · Hollywood Road” street carnival, organised by the Commissioner for Heritage's Office (CHO) of the Development Bureau (DEVB), concluded successfully last Sunday (4 November), attracting more than 76 000 visitors. That day, the Acting Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr WONG Kam-sing, the Convenor of the Non-official Members of the Executive Council, Mr Bernard Charnwut CHAN, and I attended the event together to enjoy the festive atmosphere along Hollywood Road. With the active participation and support of various organisations and stakeholders, the carnival, packed with fun activities, was held successfully. In offering the public and tourists an opportunity to experience the rich history and the atmosphere of culture and art of Hollywood Road, we also enhance their awareness of preservation and revitalisation of historic buildings......

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Thoughts on district visits (4/11/2018)

In the past few weeks, I have introduced the various policy initiatives under the purview of the Development Bureau (DEVB) put forth in the Policy Address. This week, let’s change the subject and talk about my thoughts on the earlier visits to Yuen Long and Wong Tai Sin districts. During each district visit, my team and I would meet with local District Council members to listen to their advice and suggestions on government work and district affairs and explain to them the Government’s ideas and views, with a view to enhancing mutual understanding through interactions. We would also take the opportunity to visit district projects to see how they go from nothing to something. Recently, we visited the Former Lau Fau Shan Police Station under Batch V of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme (Revitalisation Scheme), and the Kai Tak River, the revitalisation of which would be completed this year……

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Lift Modernisation Subsidy Scheme (28/10/2018)

Expediting lift modernisation is conducive to enhancing lift safety and further safeguarding safety of the public. One of the measures proposed in the Policy Address is the launch of a $2.5 billion Lift Modernisation Subsidy Scheme (LIMSS) over six years starting from the financial year 2019-20 to provide financial incentives and appropriate professional support to building owners in need so as to encourage them to carry out lift modernisation works, thereby enhancing the safety of aged lifts. Earlier, the Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services (DEMS), Mr SIT Wing-hang, Alfred, and the Director of Building Rehabilitation of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA), Mr HO Chi-wai, Daniel, visited the elderly owners of an old building in Tai Kok Tsui to explore how to help them improve their living environment and introduce the details of the scheme to them......

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