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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (October 20) released the latest grading of water quality for 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.

     Twenty-four beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 13 as Fair (Grade 2) and one as Poor (Grade 3).

Grade 1 beaches are:
Cafeteria New Beach       Kiu Tsui Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Kwun Yam Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach Lo So Shing Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach       Repulse Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach Shek O Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach South Bay Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach       St Stephen's Beach
Discovery Bay Stanley Main Beach
Golden Beach Tong Fuk Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach         Trio Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach      Turtle Cove Beach
Kadoorie Beach            Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Grade 2 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Butterfly Beach Middle Bay Beach
Casam Beach Pui O Beach
Castle Peak Beach Silverstrand Beach
Hoi Mei Wan Beach Ting Kau Beach
Lido Beach  
Grade 3 beach is:

Approach Beach

     Compared with the grading released last week, Hoi Mei Wan Beach, Middle Bay Beach, Silverstrand Beach and Ting Kau Beach have been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2, and Approach 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 also warned that beaches were likely to be temporarily affected 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, October 20, 2017
Issued at HKT 15:00
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