Grading of beach water quality released
Sixteen beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 21 as Fair (Grade 2) and two as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:
|Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach*||Silverstrand Beach*|
|Clear Water Bay First Beach||South Bay Beach|
|Clear Water Bay Second Beach*||St Stephen's Beach|
|Hap Mun Bay Beach*||Stanley Main Beach*|
|Hung Shing Yeh Beach*||Tai Po Lung Mei Beach*|
|Kiu Tsui Beach||Tong Fuk Beach|
|Lo So Shing Beach||Trio Beach*|
|Repulse Bay Beach*||Upper Cheung Sha Beach|
Grade 2 beaches are:
|Approach Beach||Kwun Yam Beach|
|Big Wave Bay Beach||Lido Beach*|
|Butterfly Beach*||Lower Cheung Sha Beach*|
|Cafeteria New Beach||Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*|
|Cafeteria Old Beach
||Middle Bay Beach|
|Chung Hom Kok Beach||Pui O Beach*|
|Deep Water Bay Beach*||Shek O Beach*|
|Discovery Bay||Silver Mine Bay Beach*|
|Golden Beach*||Ting Kau Beach*|
|Hoi Mei Wan Beach||Turtle Cove Beach|
Grade 3 beaches are:
|Casam Beach*||Castle Peak Beach|
Compared with the grading released last week, Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach has been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2, and Casam Beach from Grade 2 to Grade 3.
"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.
While the ratings represent the general water quality at the beaches, the EPD spokesman reminded members of the public that water quality could be temporarily affected during and after periods of heavy rain. Bathers should avoid swimming at beaches for up to three days after a storm or heavy rainfall.
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: Lifeguard services are provided by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department at 21 gazetted beaches, marked with an asterisk (*) above, from August 6.
Note 2: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.
Ends/Friday, August 12, 2022
Issued at HKT 16:30
Issued at HKT 16:30