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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (July 3) 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).     
     Nineteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), eight as Fair (Grade 2) and 12 as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:         
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach* Middle Bay Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach Repulse Bay Beach*
Clear Water Bay First Beach** Shek O Beach*
Clear Water Bay Second Beach* South Bay Beach**
Deep Water Bay Beach* St Stephen's Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach* Stanley Main Beach*
Hung Shing Yeh Beach* Trio Beach*
Kiu Tsui Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Kwun Yam Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Lo So Shing Beach  
Grade 2 beaches are:
Big Wave Bay Beach* Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*
Castle Peak Beach* Pui O Beach*
Discovery Bay Silverstrand Beach*
Lower Cheung Sha Beach** Tong Fuk Beach
Grade 3 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Golden Beach*
Approach Beach** Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Butterfly Beach* Kadoorie Beach
Cafeteria New Beach* Lido Beach*
Cafeteria Old Beach Silver Mine Bay Beach*
Casam Beach* Ting Kau 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 announced on July 1 that four more gazetted beaches (marked with two asterisks above) would reopen today. The twenty-one gazetted beaches marked with an asterisk above are also reopened beaches. Meanwhile, all the other beaches will remain temporarily closed until further notice.
Note 2: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.
Ends/Friday, July 3, 2020
Issued at HKT 17:00
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