Grading of beach water quality released
Fourteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 18 as Fair (Grade 2) and seven as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:
|Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach||Lo So Shing Beach|
|Chung Hom Kok Beach||Repulse Bay Beach|
|Clear Water Bay Second Beach||St Stephen's Beach|
|Hap Mun Bay Beach||Stanley Main Beach|
|Hung Shing Yeh Beach||Tong Fuk Beach|
|Kiu Tsui Beach||Trio Beach|
|Kwun Yam Beach||Turtle Cove Beach|
Grade 2 beaches are:
|Anglers' Beach||Lower Cheung Sha Beach|
|Butterfly Beach||Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach|
|Cafeteria New Beach||Middle Bay Beach|
|Castle Peak Beach||Pui O Beach|
|Clear Water Bay First Beach||Shek O Beach|
|Deep Water Bay Beach||Silver Mine Bay Beach|
|Discovery Bay||Silverstrand Beach|
|Golden Beach||South Bay Beach|
|Kadoorie Beach||Upper Cheung Sha Beach|
Grade 3 beaches are:
|Approach Beach||Hoi Mei Wan Beach|
|Big Wave Bay Beach||Lido Beach|
|Cafeteria Old Beach||Ting Kau Beach|
* Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.
Compared with the grading released last week, Clear Water Bay Second Beach has been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1 and Silver Mine Bay Beach from Grade 3 to Grade 2. Discovery Bay has been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2 and Approach Beach 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 website on Beach Water Quality (www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
Ends/Friday, July 19, 2019
Issued at HKT 17:00
Issued at HKT 17:00