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No Swimming Advisory Lantana Beach

By Public Health Communications

June 14, 2016

Palm Beach County, FL—Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has posted a “No Swimming Advisory” for Lantana Beach after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be at 1900 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water putting it in the POOR range. 

Causes of the elevated level that prompted the advisory are unknown but are generally associated with wildlife, heavy recreational useage, high surf and high tides, or runoff following heavy rains.

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. 

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

A Poor rating may result in a resampling event to confirm poor conditions; otherwise a Health Advisory 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 

Beach Action Values (BAV) Enterococcus Results Description

GOOD  0-35 Enterococcus CFU per 100 ml of marine water 

MODERATE  36-70 Enterococcus CFU per 100 ml of marine water

POOR*(unsatisfactory)  71 or greater Enterococcus CFU per 100 ml of marine water