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Health Advisory Jupiter Beach Park

By Public Health Communications

January 24, 2017

Palm Beach County, FL—Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has posted a HEALTH ADVISORY for Jupiter Beach Park after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be at 320 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 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

Date of Sample: 1-23-17

Site
Name

City

Enterococci

Water   Quality

Status

1  
Dubois Park

Jupiter

10

Good   

 Satisfactory

2  

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

320

POOR  

ADVISORY

3  

Carlin Park

Jupiter

<10

Good  

 Satisfactory

4  

 Riviera Beach

Riviera Bch

20

Good  

 Satisfactory

5  

Phil Foster

Riviera Bch

30

Good  

 Satisfactory

7  

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

20

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

<10

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