Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works encounters pipe malfunction, leading to foul odour in the area

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Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works

26th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Drainage Services Department (DSD) reported a pipe malfunction at the Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works, resulting in a minor overflow of sludge within the facility. The news quickly spread on social media, with residents in the Sha Tin district expressing their displeasure at the pungent odour that permeated the area. Some netizens even humorously remarked that it was a “once-in-500-years faecal stench.” However, the DSD swiftly identified and addressed the issue, providing an explanation for the unpleasant smell.

According to the DSD’s social media announcement, the malfunction occurred during the midday hours of May 26th. Specifically, a section of the pipe connected to the sludge and kitchen waste co-digestion system experienced a fault, leading to the minor sludge overflow within the premises of the treatment plant. The incident caused a widespread foul odour, affecting residents from the city centre of Sha Tin to the Ma On Shan area.

Responding promptly, the DSD initiated emergency repair and cleanup procedures to rectify the situation. They estimated that the work would be completed later in the afternoon. Recognizing the inconvenience caused by the incident and the unpleasant odour experienced by residents, the DSD expressed its apologies for the inconvenience caused.

The Sha Tin district witnessed a wave of complaints from residents as they woke up to the unpleasant smell this morning. The odour, described by some as a strong “faecal smell,” permeated along the banks of the Shing Mun River. Many residents initially mistook it for localised incidents, with humorous comments circulating online, such as mistaking it for a child’s misadventure or stepping on excrement. However, it became evident that the odour affected the entire district, prompting the DSD to take swift action.