Grading of beach water quality released
Twenty-one beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 15 as Fair (Grade 2) and two as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:
|Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach||Middle Bay Beach|
|Chung Hom Kok Beach||Repulse Bay Beach|
|Clear Water Bay First Beach||Shek O Beach|
|Clear Water Bay Second Beach||South Bay Beach|
|Deep Water Bay 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||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|
|Discovery Bay||Ting Kau Beach|
Grade 3 beaches are:
|Approach Beach||Castle Peak Beach|
Compared with the grading released last week, Discovery Bay has been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2, and Approach Beach and Castle Peak 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.
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 15, 2017
Issued at HKT 14:55
Issued at HKT 14:55