The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (January 24) released the latest grading of water quality for four gazetted beaches that are open all year round for swimming.
Three beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and one as Fair (Grade 2).
Grade 1 beaches are:
Grade 2 beach is:
Clear Water Bay Second Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach
Compared with the grading released last week, Silverstrand Beach has 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, including Good (Grade 1), Fair (Grade 2), Poor (Grade 3) and Very Poor (Grade 4), 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, January 24, 2020