Grading of beach water quality released


The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (October 16) 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).

Seventeen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and 22 as Fair (Grade 2).

Grade 1 beaches are:

Cafeteria New Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Golden Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach
Hung Shing Yeh 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
Tong Fuk Beach
Trio Beach
Turtle Cove Beach
Upper Cheung Sha Beach

Grade 2 beaches are:

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

Discovery Bay
Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Kadoorie Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach
Lido Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Middle Bay Beach
Silver Mine Bay Beach
Silverstrand Beach
Stanley Main 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: In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced on July 13 that all beaches would be temporarily closed from July 15 until further notice.

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


Ends/Friday, October 16, 2020


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