Grading of beach water quality released

     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (May 8) released the latest grading of water quality for 38 gazetted beaches (see Note 1) and one non-gazetted beach (i.e. Discovery Bay, see Note 2).
     Twenty-seven beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and 12 as Fair (Grade 2).
Grade 1 beaches are:         
Big Wave Bay Beach Pui O Beach
Cafeteria New Beach Repulse Bay Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach Shek O Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach Silver Mine Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach Silverstrand Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach South Bay Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach St Stephen's Beach
Discovery Bay Stanley Main Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach Ting Kau Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach Tong Fuk Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach Trio Beach
Kwun Yam Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Middle Bay Beach  
Grade 2 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Golden Beach
Approach Beach Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Butterfly Beach Kadoorie Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Lido Beach
Casam Beach Lo So Shing Beach
Castle Peak Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
     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.
     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 EPD's website on Beach Water Quality ( or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
Note 1: To tie in with the response level under the Preparedness and Response Plan for Novel Infectious Disease of Public Health Significance having been raised to the Emergency Response Level and to encourage people to avoid gathering, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has announced that all beaches will continue to be temporarily closed until further notice.
Note 2: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.

Ends/Friday, May 8, 2020
Issued at HKT 17:00