Grading of beach water quality released

     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (October 16) 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).     
     Seventeen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and 22 as Fair (Grade 2).
Grade 1 beaches are:         
Cafeteria New Beach Repulse Bay Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach Shek O Beach
Golden Beach South Bay Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach St Stephen's Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach Tong Fuk Beach
Kwun Yam Beach Trio Beach
Lo So Shing Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Pui O Beach  
Grade 2 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Discovery Bay
Approach Beach Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach Kadoorie Beach
Butterfly Beach Kiu Tsui Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Lido Beach
Casam Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Castle Peak Beach Middle Bay Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach Silver Mine Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach Silverstrand Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach Stanley Main Beach
Deep Water Bay 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 ( or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
Note 1: In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced on July 13 that all beaches would be temporarily closed from July 15 until further notice.
Note 2: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.

Ends/Friday, October 16, 2020
Issued at HKT 17:00