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Grading of beach water quality release
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (September 21) released the latest grading of water quality of 38 gazetted beaches* that are open for swimming and one non-gazetted beach (i.e. Discovery Bay**).
     Fourteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 21 as Fair (Grade 2) and four as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:         
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach Repulse Bay Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach South Bay Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach*** Stanley Main Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach Tong Fuk Beach
Kwun Yam Beach Trio Beach***
Lo So Shing Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Grade 2 beaches are:
Approach Beach Kadoorie Beach
Cafeteria New Beach Kiu Tsui Beach***
Cafeteria Old Beach Lido Beach
Casam Beach Middle Bay Beach
Castle Peak Beach Pui O Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach Shek O Beach***
Clear Water Bay Second Beach Silver Mine Bay Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach*** Silverstrand Beach
Discovery Bay St Stephen's Beach
Golden Beach Ting Kau Beach
Hoi Mei Wan Beach  
Grade 3 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Butterfly Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
*:  The Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced on September 17 that, due to urgent clearance work and maintenance of shark prevention nets after the Typhoon Mangkhut, all beaches in Southern, Tuen Mun, Tsuen Wan, Islands and Sai Kung Districts are temporarily closed until further notice.

**: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.

***: After the Typhoon, damages were found at Sai Kung Sewage Treatment Works and some sewage pipes near Deep Water Bay and Tai Tau Chau of Shek O, leading to the discharge of sewage. The public is advised to avoid recreational activities at beaches including Kiu Tsui Beach, Trio Beach, Hap Mun Bay Beach, Deep Water Bay Beach and Shek O Beach where water quality may be affected in the near future.
     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.
     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 (www.beachwq.gov.hk or www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
Ends/Friday, September 21, 2018
Issued at HKT 20:27
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