25 HK beaches get ‘good’ water quality rating

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The Observatory urged the public to avoid prolonged exposure under the sun.


The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) yesterday (May 25) released the latest grading of water quality for 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.
     Twenty-five beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 11 as Fair (Grade 2) and two as Poor (Grade 3).
Grade 1 beaches are:       

Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach
Deep Water Bay Beach
Discovery Bay
Golden Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Kadoorie Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach
Kwun Yam Beach
Lo So Shing Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach


Middle Bay Beach
Pui O Beach
Repulse Bay Beach
Shek O Beach
Silverstrand Beach
South Bay Beach
St Stephen’s Beach
Stanley Main Beach
Tong Fuk Beach
Trio Beach
Turtle Cove Beach
Upper Cheung Sha Beach

Grade 2 beaches are:

Anglers’ Beach
Approach Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach                     
Butterfly Beach
Cafeteria New Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach


Casam Beach
Castle Peak Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach
Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach

Grade 3 beaches are:

Lido Beach Ting Kau Beach

     Compared with the grading released last week, Golden Beach, Kadoorie Beach, Pui O Beach, Shek O Beach and Stanley Main Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1, and Anglers’ Beach, Approach Beach, Casam Beach, Hoi Mei Wan Beach and Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach from Grade 3 to Grade 2.
     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.