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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (September 15) released the latest grading of water quality for 39 beaches.
     Sixteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and 23 as Fair (Grade 2).
Grade 1 beaches are:

Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach   Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach              Middle Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach      Repulse Bay Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach                  South Bay Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach              St Stephen's Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach                         Tong Fuk 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
Butterfly Beach                         Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Cafeteria New Beach                  Pui O Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach                   Shek O Beach
Casam Beach                            Silver Mine Bay Beach
Castle Peak Beach                     Silverstrand Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach   Stanley Main Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach              Ting Kau Beach
* Discovery Bay                        Trio Beach
Golden 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 and Tong Fuk Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1, and Ting Kau Beach from Grade 3 to Grade 2. Clear Water Bay Second Beach and Trio 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.
     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/Thursday, September 15, 2016
Issued at HKT 15:00
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