Leung announces inquiry commission amid water scare

July 17, 2015 19:31
Lawmaker Wong Pik-wan (L) welcomed CY Leung's move for an inquiry commission following a water contamination scare, but says the Legco must conduct its own probe. Photos: HKEJ

The government has decided to appoint a commission of inquiry to look into issues related to lead content in water supply in public housing estates, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said.

The commission will conduct an independent and comprehensive investigation into the water contamination scare, RTHK quoted Leung as saying Friday.

The first task of the panel will be to determine the causes of the recent lead contamination incidents while the second will be to examine and evaluate the adequacy of the present system of control for drinking water supply, he said.

The commission will look into the technology, standards and monitoring of the design, construction, repairs and maintenance, installation and the use of materials in public and private buildings.

Lastly, it will make recommendations to ensure the safety of drinking water supply in Hong Kong.

The committee will be vested with the power to call in witnesses and collect evidence.

Lawmaker Wong Pik-wan welcomed the announcement by Leung.

However, she insisted that the Legislative Council should simultaneously launch an independent investigation under the Powers and Privileges Ordinance in order to get to the bottom of the tap water contamination incidents.

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