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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (September 23) released the latest grading of water quality for 39 beaches.
     Fifteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 23 as Fair (Grade 2) and one as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:

Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach  Repulse Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach      South Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach  St Stephen's Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach                  Tong Fuk Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach              Trio Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach                         Turtle Cove Beach
Lo So Shing Beach                    Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Grade 2 beaches are:

Anglers' Beach                         Kadoorie Beach
Approach Beach                       Kwun Yam Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach                 Lido Beach
Butterfly Beach                        Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Cafeteria New Beach                Middle Bay Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach                  Pui O Beach
Casam Beach                           Shek O Beach
Castle Peak Beach                    Silver Mine Bay Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach              Silverstrand Beach
* Discovery Bay                       Stanley Main Beach
Golden Beach                          Ting Kau Beach
Hoi Mei Wan Beach              
Grade 3 beach is:

Deep Water Bay 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 Second Beach and Trio Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1. Chung Hom Kok Beach, Kwun Yam Beach and Middle Bay Beach have been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2, and Deep Water Bay 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.
     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, September 23, 2016
Issued at HKT 15:00
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