Grading of beach water quality released


The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (June 26) released the latest grading of water quality for 38 gazetted beaches (see Note 1) and one non-gazetted beach (i.e. Discovery Bay, see Note 2).

Twelve beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 15 as Fair (Grade 2) and 12 as Poor (Grade 3).

Grade 1 beaches are:

Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach*
Hap Mun Bay Beach*
Hung Shing Yeh Beach*
Kwun Yam Beach
Lo So Shing Beach
Repulse Bay Beach*

Shek O Beach*
South Bay Beach
St Stephen's Beach
Stanley Main Beach*
Trio Beach**
Upper Cheung Sha Beach

Grade 2 beaches are:

Big Wave Bay Beach**
Cafeteria New Beach**
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach*
Deep Water Bay Beach*
Discovery Bay
Kiu Tsui Beach

Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*
Middle Bay Beach 
Pui O Beach*
Silverstrand Beach**
Tong Fuk Beach
Turtle Cove Beach

Grade 3 beaches are:

Anglers' Beach
Approach Beach
Butterfly Beach*
Cafeteria Old Beach
Casam Beach*
Castle Peak Beach**

Golden Beach*
Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Kadoorie Beach
Lido Beach*
Silver Mine Bay Beach* 
Ting Kau Beach**

Under the present grading system, beaches are classified into four grades, namely 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.

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 EPD's website on Beach Water Quality (www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.

Note 1: The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has announced that 15 gazetted beaches (marked with a single asterisk * above) and six gazetted beaches (marked with two asterisks ** above) have reopened since May 23 and June 13, respectively, while all the other beaches will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

Note 2: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.


Ends/Friday, June 26, 2020


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Friday, 26 June, 2020