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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (November 23) released the latest grading of water quality for nine gazetted beaches. Other beaches have been closed to swimmers from November 1 for the winter season.
     Nine beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1).
Grade 1 beaches are:        
Big Wave Bay Beach* Repulse Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach* Silver Mine Bay Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach* Silverstrand Beach
Golden Beach Stanley Main Beach*
Middle Bay Beach*  
* Big Wave Bay Beach, Clear Water Bay Second Beach, Deep Water Bay Beach, Middle Bay Beach and Stanley Main Beach remain closed until further notice due to the severe damage brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut earlier. 
     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. 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, November 23, 2018
Issued at HKT 15:00
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