Date
25 July 2017
Principal Cheung Man-wai (inset) said the school has shut down all of its water pipes since the start of the school year. Photos: Wikipedia, Ming Pao
Principal Cheung Man-wai (inset) said the school has shut down all of its water pipes since the start of the school year. Photos: Wikipedia, Ming Pao

Lead-tainted water at Sha Tin school but only two will be tested

The Department of Health will conduct blood tests at the Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School after it was confirmed that the campus had lead-contaminated water supply.

However, the tests will be conducted on two female staffers only, Ming Pao Daily reported on Tuesday.

That’s because studies show that children less than six years old, pregnant women and nursing mothers are the ones more prone to suffer from lead contamination, the health department explained.

On Monday the Education Bureau said tests found that water from seven of the 15 pipes connected to water fountains and faucets around the campus contained lead that was up to 2.9 times more than safe level.

As the Architectural Services Department has installed water purifiers for a total of 27 water pipes connected to the school on Monday, the health department decided that blood tests will be conducted on a pregnant staff member and another one who is currently breast-feeding her baby.

Students, teachers and other school personnel will not be tested, the report said.

Principal Cheung Man-wai said the school building was completed after 2005, suggesting that lead contamination of the water supply is very likely.

He said the school management took the initiative to test its water supply on Aug. 20 in the wake of lead-tainted water scandal and has shut down all of its pipes since Sept. 1 when the new school year began.

A spokesman of Paul Y. Engineering Group, a subcontractor of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd. that is the main contractor of the school, said it is following up on the issue.

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