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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (August 4) released the latest grading of water quality for 39 gazetted beaches (see Note 1) and one non-gazetted beach (see Note 2).
     Twenty-one beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1) and 19 as Fair (Grade 2).
Grade 1 beaches are:          
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach* Shek O Beach*
Chung Hom Kok Beach Silverstrand Beach*
Discovery Bay South Bay Beach*
Clear Water Bay First 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
Kwun Yam Beach Trio Beach
Lo So Shing Beach    Turtle Cove Beach
Pui O Beach* Upper Cheung Sha Beach 
Repulse Bay Beach*  
Grade 2 beaches are: 
Anglers' Beach* Golden Beach*
Approach Beach Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach* Kadoorie Beach*
Butterfly Beach* Lido Beach*
Cafeteria New Beach     Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*
Casam Beach* Middle Bay Beach
Castle Peak Beach Silver Mine Bay Beach*
Clear Water Bay Second Beach* Ting Kau Beach*
Deep Water Bay Beach*  
     Compared with the grading released last week, Clear Water Bay First 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.
     While the ratings represent the general water quality at the beaches, an 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 22 gazetted beaches, marked with an asterisk (*) above, from May 1.
Note 2: This refers to the non-gazetted beach in Discovery Bay which has no lifeguard service.
Ends/Friday, August 4, 2023
Issued at HKT 16:00
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