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No Swimming Advisory Lifted Palm Beach

By Public Health Communications

December 18, 2014

NO SWIMMING ADVISORY LIFTED—PALM BEACH 

Palm Beach, FL—Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has lifted the “No Swimming Advisory” in effect since Tuesday for Palm Beach after bacterial levels in the water tested in the good range.  

The area affected is the midtown ocean beach. The latest testing showed less than 10 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water for enterococci placing it in the good range.

Causes of the elevated level that prompted the advisory are unknown.

Health department staff samples the beach waters at 13 locations 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.

 The advisory will continue until samples collected are in the good range. 

 Beach water quality for Palm Beach County and throughout the state can be found at www.flhealthpalmbeach.org “beach water sampling”.

Enterococcus Results Description
GOOD 0-35 Enterococcus sp   per 100 ml of marine water
          0-35 CFU/100 mL Enterococcus sp   Geometric Mean
MODERATE   36-104 Enterococcus sp   per 100 ml of marine water
POOR*  105 or greater Enterococcus   sp per 100 ml of marine water
            36 and over CFU/100 mL Enterococcus   sp Geometric Mean

 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