Grading of beach water quality released

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (July 30) 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).

Sixteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and 24 as Fair (Grade 2).

Grade 1 beaches are:

Cafeteria New Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach*
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Discovery Bay
Hap Mun Bay Beach*
Hung Shing Yeh Beach*
Kiu Tsui Beach
Lo So Shing Beach

Repulse Bay Beach*
Shek O Beach*
South Bay Beach
St Stephen's Beach
Stanley Main 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
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach*
Deep Water Bay Beach*
Golden Beach*
Hoi Mei Wan Beach

Kadoorie Beach
Kwun Yam Beach
Lido Beach*
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*
Middle Bay Beach
Pui O Beach *
Silver Mine Bay Beach*
Silverstrand Beach*
Tai Po Lung Mei Beach*
Ting Kau Beach
Tong Fuk Beach

Compared with the grading released last week, Cafeteria New Beach, Discovery Bay and Trio Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1; Anglers' Beach, Castle Peak Beach, Silver Mine Bay Beach and Ting Kau Beach from Grade 3 to Grade 2. Kwun Yam Beach has been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2.

“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 18 gazetted beaches, marked with an asterisk above, from July 17.

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


Ends/Friday, July 30, 2021


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