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Palm Beach County Health Advisory for Ocean Inlet Park and Boynton Beach

By Communications Office

July 12, 2017

Ocean Ridge, FL - Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has posted a HEALTH ADVISORY for Ocean Inlet Park and Boynton Beach 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:7-10-2017


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 10 Good Satisfactory
4 Riviera Beach Riviera Bch <10 Good Satisfactory
5 Phil Foster Riviera Bch 60 Moderate Satisfactory
7 Palm Beach Palm Beach 20 Good Satisfactory
8 Lake Worth- Kreusler Lake Worth 10 Good Satisfactory
9 Ocean Inlet Park Ocean Ridge 90 Poor Advisory
10 Boynton Beach Ocean Ridge 710 Poor Advisory
12 Sandoway-Delray Bch Delray Bch 60 Moderate Satisfactory
13 Spanish River Boca Raton 10 Good Satisfactory
14 South Inlet Park Boca Raton 10 Good Satisfactory
15 Lantana Beach Lantana 20 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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