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Boynton Beach Health Advisory Cancelled

By Public Health Communications

September 29, 2017

Palm Beach County, FL—Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has CANCELLED the HEALTH ADVISORY for Boynton Beach in effect since September 19. Retest sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be less than 35 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water at Boynton Beach  putting it 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
Beach Action Values (BAV) Enterococcus Results Description

Date of  Resample: Boynton 09-26-17 Jup. Foster Boynton 09-20-17 Original sample date 09-19-2017

Site

Name

City

Fecal

Colifor   m

Enterococci

Enteroc

Geo Mean

Water Quality

Status

1

Dubois Park

Jupiter

 

50

 

Moderate

Satisfactory

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

 

 

 

80 (9/20<10)

 

GOOD

Satisfactory

3

Carlin Park

Jupiter

 

60

 

Moderate

Satisfactory

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Bch

 

20

 

Good

Satisfactory

5

Phil Foster

Riviera Bch

 

 

 

200(9/20 42)

 

Moderate

Satisfactory

7

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

 

<10

 

Good

Satisfactory

8

Lake Worth- Kreusler

Lake Worth

 

20

 

Good

Satisfactory

9

Ocean Inlet Park

Ocean Ridge

 

20

 

Good

Satisfactory

10

Boynton Beach

Ocean Ridge

 

 

 

80 (9/20 119 

9/26-<10)

GOOD

Satisfactory

12

Sandoway-Delray Bch

Delray Bch

 

20

 

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

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