Grading of beach water quality released


The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (June 16) released the latest grading of water quality of 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.

Twenty-one beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), fifteen as Fair (Grade 2) and two as Poor (Grade 3).


Grade 1 beaches are: 

Chung Hom Kok Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach
Discovery Bay
Golden Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach
Kwun Yam Beach
Lo So Shing Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach

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


Grade 2 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

Clear Water Bay First Beach
Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Kadoorie Beach
Lido Beach
Pui O Beach
Silverstrand Beach
Ting Kau Beach


Grade 3 beaches are: 

Butterfly Beach

Lower Cheung Sha Beach

Compared with the grading released last week, Discovery Bay and Middle Bay Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1. Pui O Beach has been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2; Lower Cheung Sha Beach from Grade 2 to Grade 3.

“The changes are generally within the normal range of fluctuation of the bacteriological water quality of the beaches,” the EPD spokesman said.

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, June 16, 2017 




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