Grading of beach water quality released
Twenty-three beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 14 as Fair (Grade 2), and three as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:
|Cafeteria New Beach*||Pui O Beach*|
|Cafeteria Old Beach||Repulse Bay Beach*|
|Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach*||Shek O Beach*|
|Chung Hom Kok Beach||South Bay Beach*|
|Clear Water Bay First Beach*||St Stephen's Beach*|
|Golden Beach*||Stanley Main Beach|
|Hap Mun Bay Beach*||Tai Po Lung Mei Beach*|
|Hung Shing Yeh Beach*||Tong Fuk Beach|
|Kiu Tsui Beach||Trio Beach*|
|Kwun Yam Beach||Turtle Cove Beach|
|Lo So Shing Beach||Upper Cheung Sha Beach|
|Middle Bay Beach*|
Grade 2 beaches are:
|Anglers' Beach*||Discovery Bay|
|Approach Beach||Hoi Mei Wan Beach|
|Big Wave Bay Beach*||Kadoorie Beach*|
|Butterfly Beach*||Lido Beach*|
|Casam Beach*||Lower Cheung Sha Beach|
|Clear Water Bay Second Beach*||Silverstrand Beach*|
|Deep Water Bay Beach*||Ting Kau Beach*|
Grade 3 beach are:
|Castle Peak Beach||Silver Mine Bay Beach*|
|Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach*|
Compared with the grading released last week, Cafeteria New Beach, Cafeteria Old Beach, Clear Water Bay First Beach, Stanley Main Beach, and Tai Po Lung Mei Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1, and Castle Peak Beach from Grade 4 to Grade 3.
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 tropical cyclone 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.
In line with the vision to develop Hong Kong into a smart city, the EPD launched the Beach Water Quality Forecast System on August 15 to provide daily water quality forecasts for all gazetted beaches in Hong Kong that are open for swimming, to supplement the existing beach water quality monitoring programme and further enhance services to the public (see Note 3). From now on, members of the public can obtain the latest daily water quality forecast information for all beaches through the Beach Water Quality Forecast mobile application (available for download from: www.epd.gov.hk/en/BWQApp) or the dedicated beach water quality forecast page (www.epd.gov.hk/en/BWQForecast) on the EPD's beach thematic website.
Note 1: Lifeguard services are provided by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department at 26 gazetted beaches, marked with an asterisk (*) above, from September 28. Stanley Main Beach is temporarily closed for clearance and urgent repair works. For details, please refer to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Special Announcement (www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/beach/index.html).
Note 2: This refers to the non-gazetted beach in Discovery Bay which has no lifeguard service.
Note 3: The EPD launched the Beach Water Quality Forecast System on August 15, 2023. For the press release, please visit www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202308/15/P2023081400345.htm .
Ends/Friday, September 29, 2023
Issued at HKT 16:00
Issued at HKT 16:00