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Health Advisory Phil Foster Park

By Public Health Communications

October 18, 2016

Palm Beach County, FL—Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has posted a HEALTH ADVISORY for Phil Foster Park after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be at 290 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 usage, high surf and high tides or runoff following heavy rains. The DOH-Palm Beach always encourages rinsing with fresh water after swimming in any natural body of water.

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 aHealth 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

Date of Sample: 10-17-16

Site

Name

City

Enterococci

Water Quality

Status

1

Dubois Park

Jupiter

60

Moderate

Satisfactory

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

20

Good

Satisfactory

3

Carlin Park

Jupiter

60

Moderate

Satisfactory

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Bch

10

Good

Satisfactory

5

Phil Foster

Riviera Bch

290

      POOR

Advisory

7

Palm Beach

Palm     Beach

<10

Good

Satisfactory

8

Lake Worth- Kreusler

Lake     Worth

10

Good

Satisfactory

9

Ocean Inlet Park

Ocean Ridge

10

Good

Satisfactory

10

Boynton     Beach

Ocean Ridge

10

Good

Satisfactory

12

Sandoway-Delray Bch

Delray Bch

30

Good

Satisfactory

13

Spanish River

Boca     Raton

10

Good

Satisfactory

14

South Inlet Park

Boca     Raton

10

Good

Satisfactory

15

Lantana Beach

Lantana

10

Good

         Satisfactory

United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recommended criteria for enterococci is:

Good = 0-35 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water, Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water

Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water                                                  

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