Grading of beach water quality released

     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (May 21) 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-eight beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 10 as Fair (Grade 2) and one as Poor (Grade 3).
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* Pui O Beach
Chung Hom Kok 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*
Discovery Bay South Bay Beach
Golden Beach* St Stephen's Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach* Tong Fuk Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach* Trio Beach
Kadoorie Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Grade 2 beaches are:
Approach Beach Lido Beach*
Butterfly Beach* Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*
Casam Beach* Middle Bay Beach
Castle Peak Beach Stanley Main Beach*
Hoi Mei Wan Beach Ting Kau Beach
Grade 3 beach is:
Anglers' Beach  
     Compared with the grading released last week, Discovery Bay has been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1. Approach Beach and Butterfly Beach have been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2.
     "The changes are generally within the normal range of fluctuation of the bacteriological water quality of the beaches,” an EPD spokesman said.
     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: The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has resumed lifeguard services at 16 gazetted beaches, marked with an asterisk above, from April 16.
Note 2: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.

Ends/Friday, May 21, 2021
Issued at HKT 16:00