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Silver Mine Bay Beach

  • A scenic beach on Lantau Island was closed in 1987 to 1989 due to unacceptable water quality.
  • Annual geometric mean E. coli level was 2400 count/100 mL in 1987.

Major pollution sources:

  • Livestock farms in Mui Wo
  • Unsewered villages

A close-up shot of Silver Mine Bay BeachA close-up shot of Silver Mine Bay Beach

Silver Mine Bay Beach Long-term water quality trend

Drainage construction works at Chung HauDrainage construction works at Chung Hau

Government’s mitigation measures:

  • Introduced Livestock Waste Control Scheme in Mui Wo in 1998 to stop illegal discharge from livestock farms.
  • Commissioning of Mui Wo Sewage Treatment Works and implementing the wastewater control under the Water Pollution Control Ordinance in 1989.

Improvement observed:

  • Silver Mine Bay Beach started to comply with the Water Quality Objective in 1998.
  • Generally maintained at “Fair” or above annual ranking since 1998.

At the beach: fun and exercise for familiesAt the beach: fun and exercise for families

Repulse Bay Beach

In the late 1980s, the water quality of the beach was on the verge of closure, with annual geometric means of E. coli counts of over 400 count/100 mL, ranked as “Poor”.

Remedial measures were promptly taken by the Government:

  • Enforcing the pollution control legislation.
  • Implementing the Hong Kong Island South Sewerage Master Plan to divert sewage and polluted storm flow away from the beach.
  • Installing Dry Weather Flow (DWF) interceptors to intercept flow from polluted storm water drains.

A noticeable drain directing polluted flow into the beach area was an eyesoreA noticeable drain directing polluted flow into the beach area was an eyesore

Improvement work to divert away polluted storm flow and improve beach environmentImprovement work to divert away polluted storm flow and improve beach environment

Repulse Bay Beach

Repulse Bay Beach Long-term water quality trend

Now a popular beach for locals and tourists alikeNow a popular beach for locals and tourists alike.

Castle Peak Beach

Improvement of beach water quality enabling the re-opening of Castle Peak Beach

Improvement programmes have successfully achieved clean water and made the beach safe for the public to swim.

  • Castle Peak Beach has been reopened to swimmers since 2005 and has quickly become a popular destination for the public.
  • The water quality of Castle Peak Beach continues to improve after its re-opening in 2005 as shown in its weekly gradings.

Clean water and clear sky greet swimmers at Castle Peak BeachClean water and clear sky greet swimmers at Castle Peak Beach

Castle Peak BeachCastle Peak Beach

Beach Grade Distribution of Castle Peak Beach

Castle Peak Beach was closed in 1981 due to poor water quality.

Castle Peak Beach was closed in 1981 due to poor water quality.

Southern District

Marked improvement in water quality of beaches in Southern District

Back in the 1980s, many of the 12 gazetted beaches in Southern District were not in good shape. Middle Bay and Repulse Bay Beaches could not meet the water quality objective (WQO) for bathing beaches and were on the verge of closing.

Government’s actions:

  • implemented pollution control legislation
  • diverted polluting stormwater channels away from beaches
  • built new sewage treatment facilities
  • implemented public sewer connection programme in beach hinterlands

Southern District

A bird’s eye view of Repulse Bay BeachA bird’s eye view of Repulse Bay Beach

Annual beach rankings of Southern District Beaches

The improved Repulse Bay offers respite from busy city lifeThe improved Repulse Bay offers respite from busy city life

  • Now all Southern District beaches meet the bathing water quality objective. These beaches provide good water quality and scenic environment for the public to enjoy.

Paradise for kidsParadise for kids

 

 

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User review date: 
Friday, 3 May, 2019