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Health Advisory Canceled Four Beaches-Palm Beach County

By Public Health Communications

June 02, 2017

Palm Beach County, FL—Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has CANCELED a HEALTH ADVISORY for Jupiter Beach Park, Riviera Beach, Phil Foster Park and Palm Beach after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be less than 10 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water putting these four beaches in the GOOD range.

Causes of the elevated level that prompted the advisory are unknown but are generally associated with wildlife, heavy recreational usage, high surf from high winds 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

Values (BAV) Enterococcus Results Description              

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

Sample: 6-01-2017

Site

Name

City

Enterococci

Water   Quality

Status

1

 

 

 

 

 

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

<10

GOOD

Advisory Canceled

3

 

 

 

 

 

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Bch

<10

GOOD

Advisory Canceled

5

Phil Foster

Riviera Bch

<10

GOOD

Advisory Canceled

7

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

<10

GOOD

Advisory Canceled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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