Grading of beach water quality released

     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (November 15) released the latest grading of water quality for eight gazetted beaches that are open for swimming. Other beaches have been closed to swimmers since November 1 for the winter season.
     Seven beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and one as Fair (Grade 2).
Grade 1 beaches are: 
Big Wave Bay Beach Repulse Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach Silver Mine Bay Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach Stanley Main Beach
Golden Beach  
Grade 2 beach is:
Silverstrand Beach
     Compared with the grading released last week, Silver Mine Bay Beach has been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1.
     Under the present grading system, beaches are classified into four grades, namely Good (Grade 1), Fair (Grade 2), Poor (Grade 3) and Very Poor (Grade 4), 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, an 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 ( or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.

Ends/Friday, November 15, 2019
Issued at HKT 17:00