Grading of beach water quality released

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (May 7) 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).

Twenty-nine beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), nine as Fair (Grade 2) and one as Poor (Grade 3).

Grade 1 beaches are:

Approach Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach*
Butterfly Beach*
Cafeteria New Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach*
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach*
Deep Water Bay Beach*
Golden Beach*
Hap Mun Bay Beach*
Hung Shing Yeh Beach*
Kadoorie Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach

Kwun Yam Beach
Lo So Shing Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Pui O Beach
Repulse Bay Beach*
Shek O Beach*
Silverstrand Beach*
South Bay Beach
St Stephen's Beach
Ting Kau Beach
Tong Fuk Beach
Trio Beach
Turtle Cove Beach
Upper Cheung Sha Beach

Grade 2 beaches are:

Anglers' Beach
Casam Beach*
Castle Peak Beach
Discovery Bay
Hoi Mei Wan Beach

Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*
Middle Bay Beach
Silver Mine Bay Beach*
Stanley Main Beach*

Grade 3 beach is:

Lido Beach*

Compared with the grading released last week, Butterfly Beach has been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1, and Anglers’ Beach from Grade 3 to Grade 2. Casam Beach, Middle Bay Beach, Silver Mine Bay Beach and Stanley Main Beach have been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2; and Lido Beach from Grade 2 to Grade 3.

“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, 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 ( or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.

Note 1: The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has resumed lifeguard services at 16 gazetted beaches, marked with an asterisk above, from April 16.

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


Ends/Friday, May 7, 2021


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