Grading of beach water quality released


The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (April 21) released the latest grading of water quality of 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.

Thirty-five beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and three as Fair (Grade 2).


Grade 1 beaches are: 

Anglers' Beach
Approach Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach
Cafeteria New Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach
Casam Beach
Castle Peak Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan 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
Silverstrand 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: 

Butterfly Beach
Golden Beach

Hoi Mei Wan Beach

Compared with the grading released last week, Approach Beach, Cafeteria New Beach, Cafeteria Old Beach and Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1.

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 advised the public to check the latest update from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department before swimming in Stanley Main Beach and Turtle Cove Beach (Southern District), Cafeteria New Beach and Golden Beach (Tuen Mun District) and Clear Water Bay First Beach (Sai Kung District), which may be affected by suspected red tides found recently, as well as Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach (Tsuen Wan District) which may be affected by suspected oil spill.

The EPD spokesman also 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/Thursday, April 21, 2017 




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