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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (June 16) released the latest grading of water quality for 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.

     Twenty-one beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 15 as Fair (Grade 2) and two as Poor (Grade 3).

Grade 1 beaches are:
Chung Hom Kok Beach Middle Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach Repulse Bay Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach Shek O Beach
Discovery Bay South Bay Beach
Golden 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
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach  

Grade 2 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Clear Water Bay First Beach
Approach Beach Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach Kadoorie Beach
Cafeteria New Beach Lido Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Pui O Beach
Casam Beach Silverstrand Beach
Castle Peak Beach Ting Kau Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach  

Grade 3 beaches are:
Butterfly Beach Lower Cheung Sha Beach

     Compared with the grading released last week, Discovery Bay and Middle Bay Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1. Pui O Beach has been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2, and Lower Cheung Sha 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.

     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/Friday, June 16, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:00
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