Grading of beach water quality released

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (September 17) 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-seven beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and 13 as Fair (Grade 2).

Grade 1 beaches are:

Anglers' Beach
Cafeteria New Beach*
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach*
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach*
Deep Water Bay Beach*
Discovery Bay
Golden Beach*
Hap Mun Bay Beach*
Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach*
Kadoorie Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach

Kwun Yam Beach
Lo So Shing Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach*
Middle Bay Beach
Repulse Bay Beach*
Shek O Beach*
South Bay 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:

Approach Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach*
Butterfly Beach*
Cafeteria Old Beach
Casam Beach*
Castle Peak Beach
Lido Beach*

Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*
Pui O Beach*
Silver Mine Bay Beach*
Silverstrand Beach*
Stanley Main Beach*
Ting Kau Beach*

Compared with the grading released last week, Anglers' Beach, Deep Water Bay Beach, Hoi Mei Wan Beach, Lower Cheung Sha Beach and Middle Bay Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1, Silver Mine Bay Beach from Grade 3 to Grade 2.

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 23 gazetted beaches, marked with an asterisk above, from September 10.

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


Ends/Friday, September 17, 2021


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