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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (October 30) 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-nine beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and 10 as Fair (Grade 2).
Grade 1 beaches are:         
Big Wave Bay Beach* Kwun Yam Beach
Cafeteria New Beach Lo So Shing Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach Middle Bay Beach*
Chung Hom Kok Beach Pui O Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach Repulse Bay Beach*
Clear Water Bay Second Beach* Shek O Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach* South Bay Beach
Discovery Bay St Stephen's Beach
Golden Beach* Stanley Main Beach*
Hap Mun Bay Beach Tong Fuk Beach
Hoi Mei Wan Beach Trio Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Kadoorie Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach  
Grade 2 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Lido Beach
Approach Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Butterfly Beach Silver Mine Bay Beach*
Casam Beach Silverstrand Beach*
Castle Peak 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: In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced on October 27 that all gazetted beaches will reopen on November 3, with lifeguard services provided in November at nine beaches marked with an asterisk above.
Note 2: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.
Ends/Friday, October 30, 2020
Issued at HKT 17:00
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