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All Beaches in Good Range

By Public Health Communications

November 18, 2014

All Beaches Sample In The Good Range 

PALM BEACH COUNTY FL—Florida Healthy Beaches monitoring program for salt water beach quality in Palm Beach County this week showed all 13 sampled in the good range.

Health department staff samples the beach waters at 13 locations every two weeks from Boca Raton to Jupiter for enterococci as recommended by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the EPA. The samples are laboratory tested for concentrations and a value assigned to indicate poor, moderate or good ranges.

Causes of elevated levels when they occur are unknown but are generally associated with wildlife, heavy recreational usage, or runoff following heavy rains.

Beach water quality for Palm Beach County and throughout the state can be found at www.floridahealth.gov and click on "beach water quality".

Sampling results can be found at www.floridahealth.gov

A poor rating may result in a resampling event to confirm poor conditions, otherwise a Health Advisory or Warning will be issued immediately. These indicate that contact with the water at this site may pose increased risk of infectious disease, particularly for susceptible individuals.

Enterococcus Results Description

GOOD MODERATE POOR
0-35 Enterococcus sp per 100 ml of marine water

0-35 CFU/100 mL Enterococcus sp Geometric
Mean

36-104 Enterococcus sp per 100 ml of marine
water
105 or greater Enterococcus sp per 100 ml of marine
water

36 and over CFU/100 mL Enterococcus sp
Geometric Mean

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