Lead and nickel levels in Sha Tin water samples are 3 times the WHO’s safety levels

Lead and nickel levels in Sha Tin water samples are 3 times the WHO’s safety levels

A water sample from a flat in Shui Chuen O Estate, Sha Tin, has been found to contain more than three times the The World Health Organization’s (WHO's) safety levels of lead and nickel, says Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung.

The flat, in Hei Chuen House, is one of the four blocks in the estate’s phase one that was completed in early 2015.

It had lead levels of 41 micrograms per litre and nickel at 230 mcg/l. The WHO's standard for lead and nickel are 10 mcg/l and 70 mcg/l respectively.

Out of the 25 overnight water samples taken for private laboratory tests, three samples taken from Hei Chuen House had excessive lead levels.

Cheung urged the government to thoroughly inspect the estate’s pipes and taps immediately and to provide bottled water and water trucks for residents.

He also called for an investigation into the main contractor China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong).

Officials had confirmed there was excessive lead found in water samples from Shui Chuen O Estate on July 14, but two days later dismissed the finding, saying the problematic sample was polluted by environmental factors. 

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