Go to main content
Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (April 13) released the latest grading of water quality for 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.
     Thirty-one beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and seven as Fair (Grade 2).
Grade 1 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Casam Beach Middle Bay Beach
Castle Peak Beach Pui O Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach Repulse Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach Shek O Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach Silverstrand Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach South Bay Beach
Discovery Bay St Stephen's Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach Stanley Main Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach Ting Kau Beach
Kadoorie Beach Tong Fuk Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach Trio Beach
Kwun Yam Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Lido Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Lo So Shing Beach  
Grade 2 beaches are:
Approach Beach Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach
Butterfly Beach Golden Beach
Cafeteria New Beach Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach  
     Compared with the grading released last week, Silverstrand Beach has been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1.
     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. 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.
Ends/Thursday, April 13, 2017
Issued at HKT 15:00
Today's Press Releases