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Established in September 2015, Urban Spring has been redefining the water drinking experience outside of the home by building an innovative, refreshing water refill network in Hong Kong.

With immense passion and dedication, We strive to empower your life with a smarter choice thus reducing the need for disposable plastic bottled water for a sustainable urban lifestyle.

We have developed an innovative and eco-driven product and service portfolio underpinned by state-of-the-art design, smart technology and expert knowledge.

“We need to be smarter how we obtain drinking water.”

Collaborating with our clients and partners, the comprehensive service model is designed to support the urban community with a sustainable, trustworthy and fully managed water drinking solution.

With this new water drinking model, we all take up the collective responsibility in the reduction of disposable plastic bottles and carbon emissions so as to lessen the damage to our homeland.

“Pioneering a new urban water drinking experience!”

We innovate the design of water dispenser.

We don’t believe in over the top solution. We believe the most refreshing way is to enjoy water the way it is. However, the refilling experience needs to be cool and fun, we want you to experience an “Aha” moment.

– Business Development –

Ada

“The future is now.
#REDUCE is the new attitude.”

“I got to know more about the impact of plastic waste and our recycling system. I have taken a pledge not to consume any single-use plastic bottle, straw and coffee caps. Give it a try, it is not as hard as you think!”

Helen

“Imagine… if I change 10 friends’ habit, they influence another 10 friends and so on, we can move the world.”

“I joined Urban Spring in September 2015. The work is exciting yet challenging. I used to work with multiple 4As advertising agencies and Habitat for Humanity which granted me lots of insights from both commercial and non commercial fields. What’s better than working on a social innovation that have a good mix of the two worlds?!”

– Education & Community Engagement –

Sang

“Joining Urban Spring is a big blessing. I can do my part in environmental education.”

“With ample experience of serving schools, I want to contribute to the effort of infusing environmental education to the campuses. Let’s educate the young ones to cherish their lives, the environment, and the community by using less plastic materials.”

Enkar

“Simply refill your bottles.  Start from YOU! Start TODAY!”

“I am excited to be part of this energetic and creative team. I’ve previously ​worked in an NGO and ​the government.​ I learn that it is hard to change the status quo and policy​. ​ ​However I also believe that each of us can be a change-marker.

We used to drink water from our re-usable bottles when we were little. Why change that? Start ​to ​bring your own bottles and SAY NO TO ​SINGLE-USE ​PLASTIC!”

Alex

“If you change yourself, you will change your world.”

“I am glad to be a part of the team to raise public awareness on developing eco-friendly habits especially BYOB. We can make our home a better place to live by starting with a small change in daily life. Drink smart, drink Well#!”

– Client Experience –

Ricci

“Every little step counts. “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” ~Neil Armstrong”

“This world has come to a point where changes are crucial to make for better living. Ask not what others can do for you, be a part of the revolution to make a change for yourself and the place you love.”

Katon

“One word to describe myself? *smiles* I am an Adventurer.”

“Prior to working at Urban Spring, I spent a year in South Sudan as a United Nation Welfare Officer. Working with the natives and experiencing the lives of African brought me valuable insights into poverty, which eventually sparked a flame in me to work for a social enterprise in HK. At Urban Spring, I work in the Operations team. I believe with a great team like us, we are able to play a part in building a more sustainable Hong Kong.”

Thomas

Reduce waste, make haste.”

“Prior to joining Urban Spring, I worked in a start-up company and met with people in environmental and sustainability fields. I was quite impressed by the green ideas they came up with. And hence, motivated me in pursuit of a greener life.

In Urban Spring, we aim to rescue Hong Kong from filling up with single-used plastic bottles. And yet, we will need support from every one of you, together we can make a difference!”

– Product Development & Data Analysis –

Felix

“My dream? Fresh water. Waste free.”

“At Urban Spring, I help out with product development and production. Have I learnt much? Heck yes – there is a super HEAVY price to pay for abuse of plastics, NEVER take fresh clean water for granted, convenience is not the ONLY dominating doctrine for any fast-paced city lives.”

Steven

“We deserve to live our lives to the most. We also have to be responsible for our own actions. ”

“I joined Urban Spring in September 2015. I am very happy to be working on the right thing with the right team. My work focuses on product development. I previously worked in various industries such as building services, telecommunication, consumer product trading and manufacturing. I also gained a lot of valuable experience at SCHSA, where I established my commitment to social enterprise.”

Katherine

“Bottled water is the new smoking.”

“The must-have items in my backpack include a water bottle, a collapsible food container with spork, and a collapsible cup for coffee. At the end of the day, I feel great being able to enjoy life without creating additional waste.  Living a green life doesn’t require a lot work, you can easily green up your life with simple, painless ways to help out the environment.  Ditch bottled water today to keep Mother Earth and your wallet green!”

Simon

Environmental change is Social change is Personal change.”

“Want wisdom? Got wisdom (or so I think…). Everything and everyone is connected, isn’t it? E ach of us got our own unique little perspective to offer. I am happy to join the good people here and do a bit towards a future that actually makes us want to live here.”

Join Our Team! 

This position will support the Product Development team in identifying and connecting softwares that support our existing and new systems, e.g. internet of things platform, CRM system, inventory management system, etc.

He/ She will support the Client Experience team in the whole process from site inspection, installation, regular check ups to after sales troubleshoot. Ideal candidate should have strong technical experience and expect frequent visit to project sites.

The FAO will support the team in general finance and administration work. The candidate should have experience in bookkeeping and general office support.

Our Board of Directors is a group of passionate and determined problem-solvers who want to make a difference! With their excellent leadership and profound industry experience, the Board values a strong collaborative culture of innovation and dedication. Our Board currently consists of 6 Directors, and they are Dr. Anthony Ng, Mr. But Ho Ming, Mr. Edmundo Klophaus, Mr. Stephen Wong, Ms. Jolene Lin and Miss Ada Yip.

Ada Yip

Executive Director,
Urban Spring

Anthony Ng

Trustee,
WYNG Foundation

But Ho Ming

Advisor,
Trailwatch

Edmundo Klophaus

Vice President Marketing and Communications ThyssenKrupp Elevators Asia Pacific

Stephen Wong

Adjunct Lecturer,
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Jolene Lin

Director,
Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law

Jolene is currently based in Singapore and is director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law.

She is also associate professor of law at the National University of Singapore.

Jolene lived and worked in Hong Kong for ten years (2007-2017). During this time, she fell in love with the dynamism of the city as well as its natural beauty. By 2014, Jolene had become deeply concerned about the disastrous impact of plastic waste on the environment. Apart from conducting research, delivering lectures and engaging with policymakers, Jolene wanted to be part of a more consumer-oriented solution. She thought it was essential for people in Hong Kong to be able to buy water on the go…and the water did not have to come in a one-use plastic bottle which would be tossed into the landfill eventually!

Jolene is delighted to be part of the team that spent hours brainstorming and finally landed on the solution that is Urban Spring today.

Dr Anthony Ng was born in Hong Kong, where he received his primary and secondary education. He left to study abroad in 1966. He received his BSc degree from McGill University and his MD and MPH degrees from Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. He then received his surgery training in the United States, New Zealand and England. He joined the University Surgical Unit of Hong Kong University Medical School in 1979. He started his private practice group in 1986. He was honorary secretary for the Hong Kong Medical Association from 1988 to 1992. He has retired from active practice since 2012. Since returning to Hong Kong, he has taken an interest in community affairs. He was chairman of the Hong Kong Observers, a Hong Kong pressure group in 1985 and served as an elected District Councilor for Sheung Wan from 1985 to 1994. He was also a member of the Consumer Council from 1990 to 1995. He continues to maintain an interest in the constitutional and environmental affairs of Hong Kong.

But Ho Ming, a sunday hiker since 2003, was formerly a Senior Executive in Engineering Consulting, Telecommunications, and a Lecturer in the HK Polytechnic University.

As Investor, Trustee and/or Director in the following business ventures and non-profit voluntary agencies, Mr. But Ho Ming currently takes up responsibilities in their management and operations: Robot Sapience Limited (Supplier of Educational Platform in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence at High School and Junior College Level); Computancy Limited (Software Developer for New Media and Social Networks); Hamilton Concord Consulting (HK) Limited (General Business Consulting); Wellstar Electronics Limited (Supplier for Façade Lighting & LED Panels/Curtains); Produce Green Foundation (Charity Institute promoting Organic Farming & Sustainable Development); Creative Technology Education Association (Voluntary Association in the Education Sector, promoting the creative use of information systems, artificial intelligence and robotics); WYNG Foundation (Private Foundation & Registered Charity Body, support Information Exchange & Knowledge Dissemination).

But Ho Ming was a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics & Political Science, and a British Council Scholar.

Edmundo serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications in ThyssenKrupp Group, one of the most renowned companies in elavator technology. Prior to joining ThyssenKrupp, Edmundo worked 22 years with Philips Lighting in Sales & Marketing, selling Energy Saving Lighting solutions to Commercial and Industrial Buildings, Public Lighting, Hospitality and Homes across Europe and Asia as well as implementing the “Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment “ (WEEE) legislation in Europe and the first legal ban ever of incandescent light bulbs in Australia. Since 2006, Edmundo is working on Energy Efficiency and Carbon Markets, specialized in setting up and executing large national projects with Energy Saving Lighting products with objective of bringing energy savings and carbon dioxide emissions reductions to households in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Stephen Wong is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University SPACE for the Institute for China Business, and also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the Master of Social Science in Global Political Economy. He is a renounced economic columnist for Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly, i-Money Magazine, Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Times, Apple Daily, and the China Securities Journal. He is a regular guest co-host for financial programs in NOW and Cable TV. He has published two best-selling finance books in Hong Kong and in Mainland China. He is the Vice Chairman of the Enrich Culture Group.

Stephen Wong is active in community services. He is the Chairman of the Clean Air Network (the leading NGO advocating for healthier air in Hong Kong), a committee member of the Financial Services Development Council and the Sustainable Development Council of the HKSAR, a member of the Budget and Allocation Committee as well as the Investment Committee at the Community Chest of Hong Kong, a member of the Sustainable Development Committee at the Sowers Action, a Board Member of the Social Ventures Hong Kong (a social philanthropic fund), and the Joint Convener of Finance Committee of the Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association.

Stephen Wong was a Managing Director and member of the Fixed Income Management Committee (Asia Pacific) at RBS. Previously, he was with UBS (London) as an Executive Director and Lehman Brothers (from 1997-2004 in London and New York) as a Director. He was also an advisor to the Chief Executive of Haitong International Securities Group

He graduated from Yale University (M.A.) and received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago

Ada serves as an Executive Director at Urban Spring. She is also a director of Wyng 43 Social Investment which invests financial and human capital in innovative misson-focused start-ups. Prior to these ventures, Ada was the Program Director of the i2i (incubation to investment) program at SOW Asia. Ada sits on the board of Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts, Teach4HK and Education For Good. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee at the Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme under the Home Affairs Department of the Hong Kong Government. Ada was born and brought up in Hong Kong. Ada has been fully dedicated to supporting the social entrepreneurship development in Hong Kong since 2013. Prior to embarking on this journey, She worked at a number of financial institutions in Toronto, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Ada serves as an Executive Director at Urban Spring. Ada is also a director of Wyng 43 Social Investment which invests financial and human capital in innovative misson-focused start-ups. Prior to these ventures, Ada was the Program Director of the i2i (incubation to investment) program at SOW Asia. Ada sits on the board of Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts, Teach4HK and Education For Good. Ada is also a member of the Advisory Committee at the Enhancing Self-Reliance Through District Partnership Programme under the Home Affairs Department of the Hong Kong Government. Ada was born and brought up in Hong Kong. She has been fully dedicated to supporting the social entrepreneurship development in Hong Kong since 2013. Prior to embarking on this journey, Ada worked at a number of financial institutions in Toronto, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Dr Anthony Ng was born in Hong Kong, where he received his primary and secondary education. He left to study abroad in 1966. He received his BSc degree from McGill University and his MD and MPH degrees from Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. He then received his surgery training in the United States, New Zealand and England. He joined the University Surgical Unit of Hong Kong University Medical School in 1979. He started his private practice group in 1986. He was honorary secretary for the Hong Kong Medical Association from 1988 to 1992. He has retired from active practice since 2012. Since returning to Hong Kong, he has taken an interest in community affairs. He was chairman of the Hong Kong Observers, a Hong Kong pressure group in 1985 and served as an elected District Councilor for Sheung Wan from 1985 to 1994. He was also a member of the Consumer Council from 1990 to 1995. He continues to maintain an interest in the constitutional and environmental affairs of Hong Kong.

But Ho Ming, a sunday hiker since 2003, was formerly a Senior Executive in Engineering Consulting, Telecommunications, and a Lecturer in the HK Polytechnic University.

As Investor, Trustee and/or Director in the following business ventures and non-profit voluntary agencies, Mr. But Ho Ming currently takes up responsibilities in their management and operations: Robot Sapience Limited (Supplier of Educational Platform in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence at High School and Junior College Level); Computancy Limited (Software Developer for New Media and Social Networks); Hamilton Concord Consulting (HK) Limited (General Business Consulting); Wellstar Electronics Limited (Supplier for Façade Lighting & LED Panels/Curtains); Produce Green Foundation (Charity Institute promoting Organic Farming & Sustainable Development); Creative Technology Education Association (Voluntary Association in the Education Sector, promoting the creative use of information systems, artificial intelligence and robotics); WYNG Foundation (Private Foundation & Registered Charity Body, support Information Exchange & Knowledge Dissemination).

But Ho Ming was a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics & Political Science, and a British Council Scholar.

Edmundo serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications in ThyssenKrupp Group, one of the most renowned companies in elavator technology. Prior to joining ThyssenKrupp, Edmundo worked 22 years with Philips Lighting in Sales & Marketing, selling Energy Saving Lighting solutions to Commercial and Industrial Buildings, Public Lighting, Hospitality and Homes across Europe and Asia as well as implementing the “Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment “ (WEEE) legislation in Europe and the first legal ban ever of incandescent light bulbs in Australia. Since 2006, Edmundo is working on Energy Efficiency and Carbon Markets, specialized in setting up and executing large national projects with Energy Saving Lighting products with objective of bringing energy savings and carbon dioxide emissions reductions to households in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Stephen Wong is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University SPACE for the Institute for China Business, and also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the Master of Social Science in Global Political Economy. He is a renounced economic columnist for Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly, i-Money Magazine, Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Times, Apple Daily, and the China Securities Journal. He is a regular guest co-host for financial programs in NOW and Cable TV. He has published two best-selling finance books in Hong Kong and in Mainland China. He is the Vice Chairman of the Enrich Culture Group.

Stephen Wong is active in community services. He is the Chairman of the Clean Air Network (the leading NGO advocating for healthier air in Hong Kong), a committee member of the Financial Services Development Council and the Sustainable Development Council of the HKSAR, a member of the Budget and Allocation Committee as well as the Investment Committee at the Community Chest of Hong Kong, a member of the Sustainable Development Committee at the Sowers Action, a Board Member of the Social Ventures Hong Kong (a social philanthropic fund), and the Joint Convener of Finance Committee of the Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association.

Stephen Wong was a Managing Director and member of the Fixed Income Management Committee (Asia Pacific) at RBS. Previously, he was with UBS (London) as an Executive Director and Lehman Brothers (from 1997-2004 in London and New York) as a Director. He was also an advisor to the Chief Executive of Haitong International Securities Group

He graduated from Yale University (M.A.) and received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago

Jolene’s research interests lie in environmental law and policy, transnational law and climate change. Her most recent research focuses on climate change law as a matter of transnational and domestic law. She teaches International Environmental Law and Tort Law.

Jolene is a member of the editorial boards of Climate Law (Brill Publishing) and Transnational Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press). She is an associate member of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and a member of the advisory board for the University of Strathclyde’s LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy. Jolene has been a Visiting Professor at the law faculties of University of British Columbia and National University of Singapore.

Jolene also serves on the Hong Kong Appeal Tribunal Panel (Buildings Ordinance) and the Hong Kong Appeal Board Panel (Town Planning).

Our mission is to revive our city with a sustainable and refreshing water drinking experience.  We believe the current mainstream way of consuming water is either not sustainable or simply not refreshing enough!

Hong Kong on average consumes 1.5 million plastic bottled water every day. And some of these water travel half way around the world to reach us! Hong Kong recycling facility, and even sadly landfill, cannot handle this amount of plastic waste. Our city needs a more realistic solution to water. We need to drink water smarter.

We believe the most refreshing way is to enjoy water the way it is.  We don’t believe in over the top solution.  At the same time, we want to make it fun and engaging.  It is the trendy way of consuming water.

We have developed an innovative and eco-driven product and service portfolio of water drinking solutions underpinned by state-of-the-art design, smart technology and expert knowledge. Well# is our innovative Smart Water Station for indoor locations with the latest technology incorporated into the sleek and contemporary design. All solutions our fully managed on behalf of our client.

We believe in education.  We believe in advocacy.  And we believe in solution at the source.  Therefore, we take the lead and provide a new way of delivering water to our city.  At the same time, we always look for opportunity to partner with people and organisations with similar mind-set.

We use commercial-grade and international NSF-certified water filtration system.  On top of that, we have monitoring system installed on our water stations to ensure that they are operating as intended.

Hong Kong water is safe.  The Water Supplies Department standard is in compliance with the WHO standard.  Obviously we need to consider the entire water delivery system.  Therefore, when we install our water stations, we perform inspection on the location’s piping and water storage systems.  We also have a maintenance program that performs regular water testing as required.

As we have explained above, the issue is with the specific water storage and piping within a particular facility.  This is not about Hong Kong water quality overall.  With our lead-removal filtration system, onsite inspection, regular water testing, monitoring system, these should provide great assurance for our users to enjoy the water.

Filtration is a well-proven technology at a reasonable price level.  We are not re-creating water.  We should let water be water!  This is truly the sustainable and refreshing way!