Grading of beach water quality released
Twenty-two beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and 16 as Fair (Grade 2).
Grade 1 beaches are:
|Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach||Lower Cheung Sha Beach|
|Chung Hom Kok Beach||Middle Bay Beach|
|Clear Water Bay First Beach||Repulse Bay Beach|
|Clear Water Bay Second Beach||Shek O Beach|
|Deep Water Bay Beach||South Bay Beach|
|Discovery Bay||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|
Grade 2 beaches are:
|Anglers' Beach||Golden Beach|
|Approach Beach||Hoi Mei Wan Beach|
|Big Wave Bay Beach||Kadoorie Beach|
|Butterfly Beach||Lido Beach|
|Cafeteria New Beach||Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach|
|Cafeteria Old Beach||Pui O Beach|
|Casam Beach||Silverstrand Beach|
|Castle Peak Beach||Ting Kau Beach|
Compared with the grading released last week, Clear Water Bay First Beach and Discovery Bay have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1. Cafeteria New Beach, Golden Beach and Ma Wan Tung Wan 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.
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. 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, September 8, 2017
Issued at HKT 17:45
Issued at HKT 17:45