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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (June 5) 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-six beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 11 as Fair (Grade 2) and two as Poor (Grade 3).

Grade 1 beaches are:
Cafeteria New Beach Middle Bay Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Pui O Beach*
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach* Repulse Bay Beach*
Clear Water Bay First Beach Shek O Beach*
Clear Water Bay Second Beach* Silver Mine Bay Beach*
Deep Water Bay Beach* Silverstrand Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach* South Bay Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach* St Stephen's Beach
Kadoorie Beach Stanley Main Beach*
Kiu Tsui Beach Tong Fuk Beach
Kwun Yam Beach Trio Beach
Lo So Shing Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach

Grade 2 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Chung Hom Kok Beach
Approach Beach Discovery Bay
Big Wave Bay Beach Golden Beach*
Butterfly Beach* Lido Beach*
Casam Beach* Ting Kau Beach
Castle Peak Beach  

Grade 3 beaches are:
Hoi Mei Wan 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 (www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.

Note 1: The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has announced that 15 gazetted beaches (marked with an asterisk above) have reopened since May 23, while all other beaches will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

Note 2: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.
Ends/Friday, June 5, 2020
Issued at HKT 17:00
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