Via the South China Morning Post: Water in all 170 Hong Kong public housing estates to be tested for lead amid contamination scare. Excerpt:
Tap water in all 170 public housing estates in Hong Kong is to be tested for lead to tackle a spreading contamination scare and reassure worried residents.
As part of the unprecedented health safety sweep, the government announced yesterday that filters to remove lead would also be installed in households in the three estates where excessive levels of the potentially harmful heavy metal were first discovered in water samples.
Housing minister Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said the government would conduct water tests at estates built between 2005 and 2010, which involves 26 developments and some 100 buildings with 84,000 households. The process is expected to take two months.
Water testing is already under way at all estates built in 2011 and 2012, covering 35 blocks in 12 developments, with around 26,000 families. The results of this phase of testing are expected next week.
The remaining 118 public estates will be covered later. It is not known how long it will take to complete all the tests.
"Conducting water tests for all estates does not mean there is problem with the water, but will reassure residents not to get anxious," said Cheung.
At the same time, water filters certified by the US National Sanitation Foundation, which have proven effective in removing lead, will be installed in around 8,000 flats in Kowloon City's Kai Ching Estate, Kwai Luen Estate in Kwai Chung and Wing Cheong Estate in Sham Shui Po - the three developments at the centre of the contamination scare.