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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (September 1) released the latest grading of water quality of 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.

     Twenty-three beaches were rated as good (grade 1) and 15 as fair (grade 2).

Grade 1 beaches are:
Cafeteria New Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach Middle Bay Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach Repulse Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach Shek O Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach South Bay Beach
Golden Beach St Stephen's Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach Stanley Main Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach Tong Fuk Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach Trio Beach
Kwun Yam Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Lo So Shing Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach  

Grade 2 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Discovery Bay
Approach Beach Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach Kadoorie Beach
Butterfly Beach Lido Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Pui O Beach
Casam Beach Silverstrand Beach
Castle Peak Beach Ting Kau Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach  

     Compared with the grading released last week, Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach and Deep Water Bay Beach have been upgraded from grade 2 to grade 1; Silverstrand Beach from grade 3 to grade 2. Kadoorie 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," the EPD spokesman said.

     Under the present grading system, beaches are classified into four grades 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.

     The EPD spokesman also warned that many beaches were likely to be temporarily affected during and after periods of heavy rain. Bathers should avoid swimming at beaches for up to three days after a storm or heavy rainfall.

     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, September 1, 2017
Issued at HKT 17:00
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