Grading of beach water quality released

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

Nineteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 17 as Fair (Grade 2) and four as Poor (Grade 3).

Grade 1 beaches are:

Cafeteria New Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach*
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach*
Hung Shing Yeh Beach*
Kiu Tsui Beach
Kwun Yam Beach
Lo So Shing Beach

Repulse Bay Beach*
Shek O Beach*
South Bay Beach
Stanley Main Beach*
St Stephen's Beach
Tai Po Lung Mei Beach*
Trio Beach
Turtle Cove Beach
Upper Cheung Sha Beach

Grade 2 beaches are:

Approach Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach*
Butterfly Beach*
Casam Beach*
Clear Water Bay Second Beach*
Deep Water Bay Beach*
Discovery Bay
Golden Beach*
Hoi Mei Wan Beach

Kadoorie Beach
Lido Beach*
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*
Middle Bay Beach
Pui O Beach
Silverstrand Beach*
Tong Fuk Beach

Grade 3 beaches are:

Anglers' Beach
Castle Peak Beach

Silver Mine Bay Beach*
Ting Kau Beach

Compared with the grading released last week, Cafeteria New Beach has been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1 and Approach Beach from Grade 3 to Grade 2. Anglers' Beach and Castle Peak Beach have been changed 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: Lifeguard services are provided by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department at 17 gazetted beaches, marked with an asterisk above, from June 23.

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


Ends/Friday, July 16, 2021


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