Grading of beach water quality released
Eleven beaches were rated as good (grade 1), 22 as fair (grade 2), four as poor (grade 3) and one as very poor (grade 4).
Grade 1 beaches are:
|Hap Mun Bay Beach||South Bay Beach|
|Hung Shing Yeh Beach||St Stephen's Beach|
|Kiu Tsui Beach||Tong Fuk Beach|
|Lo So Shing Beach||Trio Beach|
|Lower Cheung Sha Beach||Upper Cheung Sha Beach|
|Repulse Bay Beach|
Grade 2 beaches are:
|Anglers' Beach||Golden Beach|
|Butterfly Beach||Hoi Mei Wan Beach|
|Cafeteria New Beach||Kadoorie Beach|
|Cafeteria Old Beach||Kwun Yam Beach|
|Casam Beach||Lido Beach|
|Castle Peak Beach||Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach|
|Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach||Middle Bay Beach|
|Chung Hom Kok Beach||Pui O Beach|
|Clear Water Bay First Beach||Shek O Beach|
|Clear Water Bay Second Beach||Stanley Main Beach|
|Deep Water Bay Beach||Turtle Cove Beach|
Grade 3 beaches are:
|Approach Beach||Silverstrand Beach|
|Big Wave Bay Beach||Ting Kau Beach|
Grade 4 beach is:
Compared with the grading released last week, Hung Shing Yeh Beach and Lower Cheung Sha Beach have been upgraded from grade 2 to grade 1; Butterfly Beach, Cafeteria Old Beach and Hoi Mei Wan Beach from grade 3 to grade 2. Chung Hom Kok Beach has been changed from grade 1 to grade 2; Silverstrand Beach from grade 2 to grade 3; Discovery Bay from grade 1 to grade 4.
"The deterioration of water quality in Discovery Bay was due to heavy rain, while the changes in other beaches are generally within the normal range of fluctuation of the bacteriological water quality,” the EPD spokesman said.
The EPD spokesman also said 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. 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 or www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
Ends/Friday, August 4, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:10
Issued at HKT 18:10