Poison fears in slope repairs

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 September, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 September, 1999, 12:00am

It can hardly have escaped the notice of Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay residents that our lovely peninsular is slowly but surely turning from a green and leafy idyll to an extension of the concrete canyons of The Island as more and more slope correction work is being carried out.

Recently the waterworks road above Ho Chung has been cleared of all vegetation and sprayed with a white granular mixture, which although unsightly, presumably gives some protection against land-slips to the few villagers who use the road, and walkers accessing the Wilson Trail. What is not obvious is what additives are being sprayed along with the mixture.

My suspicions were aroused when I noticed a large number of dead snails on the sprayed areas, but were confirmed when shortly after walking my dogs along the road in heavy rain, one of the dogs displayed signs of distress, with inflamed eyes, and within minutes, blood-stained vomit. My vet confirmed poisoning and as I could be absolutely certain it had not eaten anything, suggested absorption of the poison through the feet and on the skin.

I find it worrying that the contractors may be using something which could result in poisoning, without any warning being given. Even more worrying is the fact that it is a water catchment area! MARY NICHOLLS Sai Kung