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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (June 11) 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).

     Thirty beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and nine as Fair (Grade 2).

Grade 1 beaches are:
Big Wave Bay Beach* Lo So Shing Beach
Cafeteria New Beach Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Middle Bay 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* Stanley Main Beach*
Hap Mun Bay Beach* St Stephen's Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach* Tong Fuk Beach
Kadoorie Beach Trio Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Kwun Yam Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Grade 2 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Approach Beach Lido Beach*
Butterfly Beach* Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*
Casam Beach* Ting Kau Beach
Castle Peak Beach  
     Compared with the grading released last week, Deep Water Bay Beach and Pui O Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1.
     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 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, June 11, 2021
Issued at HKT 16:00
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