Grading of beach water quality released

     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (March 16) released the latest grading of water quality of eight gazetted beaches that are open for swimming.

     Seven beaches were rated as good (grade 1) and one as fair (grade 2).
Grade 1 beaches are:       
Clear Water Bay Second Beach Repulse Bay Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach Silverstrand Beach
Golden Beach Stanley Main Beach
Middle Bay Beach  
Grade 2 beach is:
Big Wave Bay 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.

     While the ratings represent the general water quality at the beaches, an EPD spokesman reminded members of the public that water quality could 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. Latest beach grades based on the most current data may be obtained from the department's websites on Beach Water Quality ( or or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.

Ends/Friday, March 16, 2018
Issued at HKT 15:00