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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (July 13) released the latest grading of water quality for 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.
     Nineteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 13 as Fair (Grade 2) and six as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:       
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach Middle Bay Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach Pui O Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach Repulse Bay Beach
Discovery Bay South Bay Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach St Stephen's 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
Lower Cheung Sha Beach  
Grade 2 beaches are:
Approach Beach Golden Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach Kadoorie Beach
Butterfly Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Cafeteria New Beach Shek O Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Silverstrand Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach Stanley Main Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach  
Grade 3 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Casam Beach Lido Beach
Castle Peak Beach Ting Kau Beach
     Compared with the grading released last week, Deep Water Bay Beach, Kwun Yam Beach and Middle Bay Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1, and Clear Water Bay Second Beach and Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach from Grade 3 to Grade 2. Casam Beach and Castle Peak Beach have been changed from Grade 2 to Grade 3.
     "The changes are generally within the normal range of fluctuation of the bacteriological water quality of the beaches," an 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.
     While the ratings represent the general water quality at the beaches, the 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. 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, July 13, 2018
Issued at HKT 17:00
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