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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (August 12) released the latest grading of water quality for 39 beaches.

     Sixteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 22 as Fair (Grade 2) and one as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:

Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach    Repulse Bay Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach               South Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay First 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

Grade 2 beaches are:

Anglers' Beach                           Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Approach Beach                         Kadoorie Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach                   Lido Beach
Cafeteria New Beach                   Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach                    Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Casam Beach                             Middle Bay Beach
Castle Peak Beach                      Pui O Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach     Shek O Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach                Silver Mine Bay Beach   
* Discovery Bay                          Silverstrand Beach
Golden Beach                             Ting Kau Beach

Grade 3 beaches are:

Butterfly Beach

     The beach with an asterisk is a non-gazetted beach. All gazetted beaches are equipped with shark nets.

     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.

     Compared with the grading released last week, Clear Water Bay First Beach, Kiu Tsui Beach and Trio Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1, and Clear Water Bay Second Beach from Grade 3 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.

     Grade 4 is assigned to beaches whose last E coli reading exceeded a threshold figure, irrespective of the geometric mean. Swimmers are advised to avoid these beaches until the water quality improves.

     People are advised not to swim at the closed beaches.

     The EPD spokesman warned 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.
Ends/Friday, August 12, 2016
Issued at HKT 15:00
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