Grading of beach water quality released

     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (September 15) released the latest grading of water quality for 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.
     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
Golden 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 ( and or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.

Ends/Friday, September 15, 2017
Issued at HKT 14:55