Sewage bypass planned for March

Sewage bypass planned for March

The Drainage Services Department today announced it will complete the second stage of maintenance works for the Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works in March, which requires a partial bypass of treated sewage into Victoria Harbour.

The plant has been operating round-the-clock for the past 18 years. Some of its key electrical and mechanical facilities are now approaching the end of their services lives.

The department said preliminarily treated sewage at the Stonecutters Island plant will be partially bypassed into Victoria Harbour in March.

The partial bypass is required for the maintenance and replacement works at the plant.

It is scheduled to take place during the non-bathing season from March 4 to 17. The first two bypasses were completed last year.

The bypass will involve the submarine discharge of preliminarily treated sewage at seven plants on both sides of Victoria Harbour for dilution and dispersion at deep sea level.

Areas concerned include the waters of Hong Kong Island East, Kowloon East and the Rambler Channel.

The department will adopt mitigation and contingency measures and will closely monitor the harbour water quality. The monitoring results will be available online.

People should avoid water sports, fishing or seawater extraction in the potentially affected locations during the bypass period.

Notices will be put up at Approach Beach, Ting Kau Beach, Lido Beach, Casam Beach, Hoi Mei Wan, Gemini Beach, Anglers’ Beach, Ma Wan Tung Wan and promenades along Victoria Harbour.

Enquiries can be made by calling 7388 9900 or by email.

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