Grading of beach water quality released

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (June 25) released the latest grading of water quality for 39 gazetted beaches (see Note 1) and one non-gazetted beach (i.e. Discovery Bay, see Note 2).

Twenty-four beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 12 as Fair (Grade 2) and four as Poor (Grade 3).

Grade 1 beaches are:

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
Middle Bay Beach
Repulse Bay Beach*
Shek O Beach*
South Bay Beach
Stanley Main Beach*
St Stephen's Beach
Tai Po Lung Mei 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 New Beach
Casam Beach*

Castle Peak Beach
Discovery Bay
Lido Beach*
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Pui O Beach
Silverstrand Beach*

Grade 3 beaches are:

Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*

Silver Mine Bay Beach*
Ting Kau Beach

Compared with the grading released last week, Big Wave Bay Beach, Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Pui O Beach and Silverstrand Beach have been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2; Hoi Mei Wan Beach, Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach and Ting Kau Beach from Grade 2 to Grade 3; and Silver Mine Bay Beach from Grade 1 to Grade 3.

“The deterioration of water quality in Silver Mine Bay Beach was due to the recent heavy rainfall, while the changes in other beaches 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: Lifeguard services are provided by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department at 17 gazetted beaches (including the newly added Tai Po Lung Mei Beach), marked with an asterisk above, from June 23.

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



Ends/Friday, June 25, 2021


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