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Government Advised to Replace Drinking Fountains: Audit Chief
by: The Beat Asia
April 28, 2022
The government ought to replace old water fountains in Hong Kong’s public sports grounds immediately as the current machine presents a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission, Director of Audit John Chu Nai-cheung said in a new report.
As of November 2021, Chu and the Audit Commission reported a total of 99 fountains in use at 25 different sports grounds under the operation of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Out of the 99, four are the bottle-filler type (Type A), 55 are designed for “on-the-spot-drinking” (Type B), and the rest can double with both functions (Type C).
The report said the bottle-filling fountains are the most preferable reducing the concerns of contamination, however, only eight of the 25 grounds offer this type.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all use of water dispensers in all LCSD-maintained sports grounds have been suspended since Jan. 29, 2020.
"In light of concerns over bubbler contamination amid the Covid-19 epidemic, the LCSD should consider stepping up the replacement of Type B dispensers with Type A ones as far as practicable, or by new Type C water dispensers if the risk of bubbler contamination can be mitigated," Chu said.
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