Grading of beach water quality released
Eighteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 19 as Fair (Grade 2) and one as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:
|Chung Hom Kok Beach||Middle Bay Beach|
|Deep Water Bay Beach||Repulse Bay Beach|
|Discovery Bay||Shek O Beach|
|Hap Mun Bay Beach||South Bay Beach|
|Hung Shing Yeh Beach||St Stephen's Beach|
|Kiu Tsui Beach||Stanley Main Beach|
|Kwun Yam Beach||Tong Fuk Beach|
|Lo So Shing Beach||Turtle Cove Beach|
|Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach||Upper Cheung Sha Beach|
Grade 2 beaches are:
|Anglers' Beach||Clear Water Bay Second Beach|
|Approach Beach||Golden Beach|
|Big Wave Bay Beach||Hoi Mei Wan Beach|
|Butterfly Beach||Kadoorie Beach|
|Cafeteria New Beach||Lido Beach|
|Cafeteria Old Beach||Lower Cheung Sha Beach|
|Casam Beach||Pui O Beach|
|Castle Peak Beach||Silverstrand Beach|
|Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach||Trio Beach|
|Clear Water Bay First Beach|
Grade 3 beach is:
|Ting Kau Beach|
Compared with the grading released last week, Butterfly Beach and Lower Cheung Sha Beach have been upgraded from Grade 3 to Grade 2. Silverstrand Beach and Cafeteria Old Beach have been upgraded to Grade 2 and Ting Kau Beach to Grade 3 since the last grading. Clear Water Bay Second Beach, Golden Beach and Trio Beach have 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," the EPD spokesman said.
"For Silverstrand Beach, Ting Kau Beach and Cafeteria Old Beach, we observed that their temporary deterioration of water quality was due to heavy rain. The latest samples taken show that the water quality of the beaches has improved."
The EPD spokesman also warned that many beaches were likely to be more polluted than their grades suggested during and after periods of heavy rain. Bathers should avoid swimming at beaches for up to three days after a storm or heavy rainfall.
Under the present grading system, beaches are classified into four grades according to the geometric mean of the E coli counts on the five most recent sampling occasions. Grade 4 is assigned to beaches whose E coli readings show abnormalities that may affect bathers' health. Bathers should avoid swimming at these beaches until their water quality improves.
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 department's websites on Beach Water Quality (www.beachwq.gov.hk and www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
Ends/Friday, June 23, 2017
Issued at HKT 15:00
Issued at HKT 15:00