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Health Advisory Four Beaches Palm Beach County

By Public Health Communications

August 22, 2017

Palm Beach County, FL—Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has posted a HEALTH ADVISORY for Jupiter Beach Park, Carlin Park, Palm Beach and Lake Worth Beach after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be greater than 71 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water putting these four 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

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

Date of Sample:8-21-2017

Site

Name

City

Enterococci

Water   Quality

Status

1

Dubois Park

Jupiter

20

Good

Satisfactory

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

140

POOR

Advisory

3

Carlin Park

Jupiter

220

POOR

ADVISORY

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Bch

50

Moderate

Satisfactory

5

Phil Foster

Riviera Bch

50

Moderate

Satisfactory

7

Palm   Beach

Palm   Beach

110

POOR

ADVISORY

8

Lake   Worth- Kreusler

Lake   Worth

310

POOR

ADVISORY

9

Ocean Inlet Park

Ocean Ridge

         10

Good

Satisfactory

10

Boynton Beach

Ocean Ridge

 10

Good

Satisfactory

12

Sandoway-Delray Bch

Delray Bch

60

Moderate

Satisfactory

13

Spanish River

Boca Raton

30

Good

Satisfactory

14

South Inlet Park

Boca Raton

20

Good

Satisfactory

15

Lantana Beach

Lantana

<10

Good

Satisfactory

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