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Health Advisory Two Beaches Spanish River Park South Inlet Park

By Public Health Communications

June 14, 2017

Boca Raton, FL—Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has posted a HEALTH ADVISORY for Spanish River Park and South Inlet Park after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be greater than 71 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water putting these two beaches 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 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

Beach Action Values (BAV) Enterococcus Results Description

Date of Sample:6-12-2017

Site

Name

City

Enterococci

Water   Quality

Status

1

Dubois Park

Jupiter

     <10

Good    

  Satisfactory

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

     <10

Good     

  Satisfactory

3

Carlin Park

Jupiter

       20

Good    

  Satisfactory

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Bch

     <10

Good    

  Satisfactory

5

Phil Foster

Riviera Bch

       40

Moderate 

  Satisfactory

7

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

    <10

Good    

  Satisfactory

8

Lake Worth- Kreusler

Lake Worth

    <10

Good    

  Satisfactory

9

Ocean Inlet Park

Ocean Ridge

       60

Moderate 

  Satisfactory

10

Boynton Beach

Ocean Ridge

      30

Good    

  Satisfactory

12

Sandoway-Delray Bch

Delray Bch

    <10

Good    

  Satisfactory

13

Spanish   River

Boca   Raton

     80

POOR   

  Advisory

14

South   Inlet Park

Boca   Raton

    190

POOR   

  Advisory

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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