The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (May 18) released the latest grading of water quality for 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.
Twenty beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 11 as Fair (Grade 2) and seven as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:
|Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach||Lower Cheung Sha Beach|
|Chung Hom Kok Beach||Middle Bay Beach|
|Clear Water Bay Second Beach||Repulse Bay Beach|
|Deep Water Bay Beach||Silverstrand Beach|
|Discovery Bay||South Bay Beach|
|Hap Mun Bay Beach||St Stephen's 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|
Grade 2 beaches are:
|Big Wave Bay Beach||Golden Beach|
|Butterfly Beach||Kadoorie Beach|
|Cafeteria New Beach||Pui O Beach|
|Cafeteria Old Beach||Shek O Beach|
|Castle Peak Beach||Stanley Main Beach|
|Clear Water Bay First Beach|
Grade 3 beaches are:
|Anglers' Beach||Lido Beach|
|Approach Beach||Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach|
|Casam Beach||Ting Kau Beach|
|Hoi Mei Wan Beach|
Compared with the grading released last week, Big Wave Bay Beach, Golden Beach, Pui O Beach and Shek O Beach have been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 2, and Approach Beach, Casam Beach and Ma Wan Tung Wan 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 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 department's websites on Beach Water Quality (www.beachwq.gov.hk and www.epd.gov.hk/epd/beach) or the beach hotline, 2511 6666.
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