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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (September 23) 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:         
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* St Stephen's Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach* Stanley Main Beach*
Hung Shing Yeh Beach*
Tai Po Lung Mei Beach*
Kadoorie Beach* Tong Fuk Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach Trio Beach*
Kwun Yam Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Lo So Shing Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Grade 2 beaches are:
Approach Beach Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Big Wave Bay 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, Cafeteria Old Beach and Shek O Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1. Hoi Mei Wan Beach and Lido 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.
     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 25 gazetted beaches, marked with an asterisk above, from September 5.
Note 2: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.
Ends/Friday, September 23, 2022
Issued at HKT 16:00
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