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Grading of beach water quality released

 

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (August 2) released the latest grading of water quality for 38 gazetted beaches that are open for swimming and one non-gazetted beach (i.e. Discovery Bay*).

Sixteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 19 as Fair (Grade 2), three as Poor (Grade 3) and one as Very Poor (Grade 4).

Grade 1 beaches are:

Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach
Discovery Bay
Hap Mun Bay Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach
Kwun Yam Beach

Lo So Shing Beach
Repulse 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
Butterfly Beach
Cafeteria New Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach
Casam Beach
Castle Peak Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach
Golden Beach
Kadoorie Beach

Lido Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Middle Bay Beach
Pui O Beach
Shek O Beach
Silverstrand Beach
South Bay Beach
Ting Kau Beach

Grade 3 beaches are:

Approach Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach

Hoi Mei Wan Beach

Grade 4 beaches is:

Silver Mine Bay Beach

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

Compared with the grading released last week, Kwun Yam Beach has been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1, Cafeteria Old Beach, Casam Beach and Ting Kau Beach from Grade 3 to Grade 2.  Silver Mine Bay Beach has been changed from Grade 2 to Grade 4.

“The deterioration of water quality in Silver Mine Bay Beach was due to the recent unsteady weather, while the changes in other beaches 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.  The 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.

 

Ends/Friday, August 2, 2019

 

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Friday, 2 August, 2019