The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (February 19) released the latest grading of water quality for four gazetted beaches that are open all year round for swimming (see Note).
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 change is generally within the normal range of fluctuation of the bacteriological water quality of the beach,” an EPD spokesman said.
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: In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced that all gazetted beaches were closed from December 10, 2020 until further notice.
Ends/Friday, February 19, 2021