Grading of beach water quality released


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Grading of beach water quality released

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (July 5) released the latest grading of water quality of 37 beaches.

Nineteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1)and eighteen were rated as Fair (Grade 2).

Grade 1 beaches are: 

Big Wave Bay Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach
Discovery Bay*
Hap Mun Bay Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach
Kwun Yam Beach
Lo So Shing Beach

Middle Bay Beach
Repulse Bay Beach
Shek O Beach
South Bay Beach
St. Stephen's Beach
Stanley Main Beach
Trio Beach
Turtle Cove Beach
Upper Cheung Sha Beach

Grade 2 beaches are: 

Approach Beach
Butterfly Beach
Cafeteria New Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach
Casam Beach
Castle Peak Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach
Golden Beach

Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Kadoorie Beach
Lido Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Pui O Beach
Silver Mine Bay Beach
Silverstrand Beach
Tong Fuk Beach

The beach with an asterisk is a non-gazetted beach. All gazetted beaches are equipped with shark nets.

A summary of beach grades is published weekly before the weekend. Latest beach grades based on the most current data may be obtained from the department's websites on Beach Water Quality (www.beachwq.gov.hk or www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.

Compared with the grading released last week, Big Wave Bay Beach, Deep Water Bay Beach, Hap Mun Bay Beach and Middle Bay Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1. Approach Beach has been upgraded from Grade 3 to Grade 2. Tong Fuk Beach has been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2.

"The change is generally within the normal range of fluctuation of the bacteriological water quality of the beach," an EPD spokesman said.

Under our present grading system, beaches are classified into four grades according to the level of E. coli in the water.

Grades are calculated on the basis of the geometric mean of the E. coli counts on the five most recent sampling occasions.

Grade 4 is assigned to beaches whose last E. coli reading exceeded a threshold figure, irrespective of the geometric mean. Swimmers are advised to avoid these beaches until the water quality improves.

People are advised not to swim at the closed beaches.

The EPD spokesman warned that many beaches were likely to be more polluted than their grades suggested during and after periods of heavy rain. Bathers should avoid swimming at beaches for up to three days after a storm or heavy rainfall.

Ends/Friday, July 5, 2013


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