Grading of beach water quality released


The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (May 3) released the latest grading of water quality of 38 gazetted beaches that are open for swimming and one non-gazetted beach (i.e. Discovery Bay*).

Eighteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and 21 as Fair (Grade 2).

Grade 1 beaches are:

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
Lower Cheung Sha Beach

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

Grade 2 beaches are:

Anglers' Beach
Approach Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach
Butterfly Beach
Cafeteria New Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach
Casam Beach
Castle Peak Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach

Golden Beach
Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Kadoorie Beach
Lido Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Middle Bay Beach
Silver Mine Bay Beach
Silverstrand Beach
Ting Kau Beach
Turtle Cove Beach

*: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.

Compared with the grading released last week, Shek O Beach has been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1; Castle Peak Beach from Grade 3 to Grade 2.  Cafeteria New Beach, Clear Water Bay Second Beach, Lido Beach, Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach, Middle Bay Beach and Turtle Cove Beach have been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2.

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

While the ratings represent the general water quality at the beaches, the EPD spokesman reminded members of the public that water quality could be temporarily affected 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 website on Beach Water Quality (www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.


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