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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (March 31) released the latest grading of water quality for eight gazetted beaches that are open for swimming.

     Six beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and two as Fair (Grade 2).

Grade 1 beaches are:
Big Wave Bay Beach                     Middle Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach      Repulse Bay Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach                  Stanley Main Beach

Grade 2 beaches are:
Golden Beach                               Silverstrand Beach

     Compared with the grading released last week, there was no change in the grading for these beaches.

     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 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.

     A summary of beach grades is published weekly before the weekend. 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 or www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
Ends/Friday, March 31, 2017
Issued at HKT 15:00
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