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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (April 26) 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*).

     Twenty-three beaches were rated as good (grade 1), 15 as fair (grade 2) and one as poor (grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:
Cafeteria New Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach Middle Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay Second 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 Stanley Main Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach Tong Fuk Beach
Kwun Yam Beach Trio Beach
Lido Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Lo So Shing Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach  
Grade 2 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Golden Beach
Approach Beach Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach Kadoorie Beach
Butterfly Beach Shek O Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Silver Mine Bay Beach
Casam Beach Silverstrand Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach Ting Kau Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach  
Grade 3 beach is:
Castle Peak Beach  
*Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.
     Compared with the grading released last week, Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach, Clear Water Bay First Beach, Golden Beach, Kadoorie Beach, Shek O Beach, Silver Mine Bay Beach and Silverstrand Beach have been changed from grade 1 to grade 2.

     "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. Latest beach grades based on the most current data may be obtained from the department's website on Beach Water Quality (www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
Ends/Friday, April 26, 2019
Issued at HKT 17:00
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