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Grading of beach water quality released
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (May 5) released the latest grading of water quality for 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming.

     Thirty-two beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), five as Fair (Grade 2) and one as Very Poor (Grade 4).

Grade 1 beaches are:
Anglers' Beach Lido Beach
Big Wave Bay Beach Lo So Shing Beach
Cafeteria New Beach Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Cafeteria Old Beach Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
Casam Beach Middle Bay Beach
Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach Pui O Beach
Chung Hom Kok Beach Repulse Bay Beach
Clear Water Bay First Beach Shek O Beach
Clear Water Bay Second Beach Silverstrand Beach
Discovery Bay South Bay Beach
Golden Beach St Stephen's Beach
Hap Mun Bay Beach Stanley Main Beach
Hung Shing Yeh Beach Tong Fuk Beach
Kadoorie Beach Trio Beach
Kiu Tsui Beach Turtle Cove Beach
Kwun Yam Beach Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Grade 2 beaches are:
Approach Beach       Hoi Mei Wan Beach
Butterfly Beach Ting Kau Beach
Castle Peak Beach  

Grade 4 beach is:

Deep Water Bay Beach

     Compared with the grading released last week, Cafeteria New Beach, Casam Beach and Golden Beach have been upgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 1. Deep Water Bay Beach has been changed from Grade 1 to Grade 4.
     "The very poor water quality of Deep Water Bay Beach was largely due to the heavy rainfall on May 4," the EPD spokesman said. He also warned that many beaches were likely to be more polluted than their grades suggested during and after periods of heavy rain. Bathers should avoid swimming at beaches for up to three days after a storm or heavy rainfall.

     Under the present grading system, beaches are classified into four grades according to the geometric mean of the E coli counts on the five most recent sampling occasions. Grade 4 is assigned to beaches whose E coli readings show abnormalities that may affect bathers' health. Bathers should avoid swimming at these beaches until their water quality improves. People are also advised not to swim at the closed beaches.

     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.
Ends/Friday, May 5, 2017
Issued at HKT 17:00
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