Govt urged to subsidize old HK buildings to inspect its sewage system

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Democratic Party today said authorities should allocate HK$1 billion to help buildings inspect their sewage system and replace the open style hopper heads, with priorities given to buildings over 50 years of age.

The party had inspected the sewage systems at Yau Tsim Mong District, Sham Shui Po and Kowloon City last week, discovering at least 40 buildings from the areas have their sewage or drainage system illegally altered, there are also up to 30 buildings having leaky pipes.

Party member Ramon Yuen Hoi-man said most of the faulty buildings are over 50 years of age and are out of repair.

“The Buildings Ordinance has not been updated for years, still allowing the use of open style hopper heads for drainage, exposing members of the public to the foul water, thus, increasing their infection risks,” said Yuen.

He also said some buildings in the territory have their exhaust pipes cut short, which authorities will have to step up their inspections.