Grading of beach water quality released


The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (April 7) released the latest grading of water quality for 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.

Thirty beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and eight as Fair (Grade 2).


Grade 1 beaches are: 

Anglers' Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach
Casam Beach
Castle Peak Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach
Discovery Bay
Hap Mun Bay Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Kadoorie Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach
Kwun Yam Beach
Lido Beach

Lo So Shing Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Middle Bay Beach
Pui O Beach
Repulse Bay Beach
Shek O Beach
South Bay Beach
St Stephen's Beach
Stanley Main Beach
Ting Kau Beach
Tong Fuk Beach
Trio Beach
Turtle Cove Beach
Upper Cheung Sha Beach


Grade 2 beaches are: 

Approach Beach
Butterfly Beach
Cafeteria New Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach

Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach
Golden Beach
Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Silverstrand Beach

Under the 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.

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.

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.


Ends/Friday, April 7, 2017 




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