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Grading of beach water quality released
     ​The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (April 6) released the latest grading of water quality for 39 gazetted beaches (see Note 1) and one non-gazetted beach (i.e. Discovery Bay, see Note 2).
     Thirty-one beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), seven as Fair (Grade 2), one as Poor (Grade 3) and one as Very Poor (Grade 4).
Grade 1 beaches are:          
Big Wave Bay Beach* Lo So Shing Beach
Butterfly Beach* Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Cafeteria New Beach Middle Bay Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Pui O Beach*
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach* Repulse Bay Beach*
Chung Hom Kok Beach Shek O Beach*
Clear Water Bay First Beach Silver Mine Bay Beach*
Clear Water Bay Second Beach* South Bay Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach* St. Stephen's Beach
Discovery Bay Stanley Main Beach*
Golden Beach* Tai Po Lung Mei 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
Lido Beach*  
Grade 2 beaches are:
Approach Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*
Casam Beach* Silverstrand Beach*
Hoi Mei Wan Beach Ting Kau Beach
Kwun Yam Beach  
Grade 3 beach is:
Anglers' Beach  
Grade 4 beach is:
Castle Peak Beach  
     "Castle Peak Beach has been rated as Grade 4 on April 6, which was largely due to the recent unsteady weather," 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 18 gazetted beaches, marked with an asterisk (*) above, from April 1.
Note 2: Discovery Bay is a non-gazetted beach without lifeguard service.
Ends/Thursday, April 6, 2023
Issued at HKT 16:50
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