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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (July 14) released the latest grading of water quality of 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.

     Twelve beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 16 as Fair (Grade 2) and 10 as Poor (Grade 3).

Grade 1 beaches are:
Chung Hom Kok Beach Repulse Bay Beach
Discovery Bay South Bay Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach St Stephen's Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach Stanley Main Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Lo So Shing Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Grade 2 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Kwun Yam Beach
Cafeteria New Beach Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Castle Peak Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach Middle Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach Shek O Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach Silverstrand Beach
Golden Beach Tong Fuk Beach
Kadoorie Beach Trio Beach
Grade 3 beaches are:
Approach Beach Clear Water Bay Second Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Butterfly Beach Lido Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Pui O Beach
Casam Beach Ting Kau Beach

     Compared with the grading released last week, Deep Water Bay Beach, Kwun Yam Beach, Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach, Tong Fuk Beach and Trio Beach have been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2, and Casam Beach, Clear Water Bay Second Beach, Hoi Mei Wan Beach, Lido Beach and Pui O Beach from Grade 2 to Grade 3.

     "The changes are generally within the normal range of fluctuation of the bacteriological water quality of the beaches," the EPD spokesman said.

     "For Approach Beach, Big Wave Bay Beach and Ting Kau Beach, they have been upgraded to Grade 3 since their last grading (Grade 4). 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, July 14, 2017
Issued at HKT 17:08
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