Date
18 January 2017
From a distance, the soapy foam in the creek in Sai Kung looks a bit like snow. Photo: Google Maps, Sky Post
From a distance, the soapy foam in the creek in Sai Kung looks a bit like snow. Photo: Google Maps, Sky Post

Factory eyed as soap bubbles found in Sai Kung creek

Snow in Sai Kung? Not likely.

The explanation for the white stuff that has been seen in a creek there recently may turn out to be more down to earth.

Soap bubbles found in the creek, near Pak Shek Wo Village, have sparked suspicion that they came from a nearby detergent factory, am730 reported Friday.

A villager said the white soap bubbles, which look a bit like snow from a distance, had only emerged once or twice a month before, but they have been seen more frequently recently.

Fish can be seen in the creek when the water is clear, she said, but now the water is polluted by the bubbles, which sometimes turn pink.

Sky Post reporters found a detergent factory located at San Tsuen Road in the village that some villagers suspected to be the source of the bubbles discharged into the creek.

A dozen buckets labeled industrial detergent were lying outside the factory along with several packs of sodium hydroxide, which is used to make highly alkaline detergents.

An employee of the factory denied the soap bubbles came from it.

A laundry for Pik Uk Prison is also near the creek, but the Correctional Services Department said water from the facility undergoes sewage treatment before it is discharged and samples are tested every month.

Michelle Cheung, a manager at the Eco-Education and Resource Center, said after looking at photos of the polluted creek that the soap bubbles do not look natural.

Chemicals contained in the bubbles could harm the resistance of fishes in the creek to disease or even kill them, Cheung said.

The Environmental Protection Department said it will follow up with the case.

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