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All Beaches Test Good This Week

By Public Health Communications

November 30, 2017

Palm Beach County Saltwater Beach Monitoring Results

The Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has been conducting saltwater beach water quality sampling since August 5, 2002 as part of the Florida Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. We are presently sampling thirteen (13) beaches on a bi-weekly basis. The water samples are being examined for enterococci bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine Florida’s beach water quality.

Date of Sample: 11/27/2017

Site

Name

City

Enterococci

Water Quality

Status

 

 

1

Dubois Park

Jupiter

20

Good

Satisfactory

 

 

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

30

Good

Satisfactory

 

 

3

Carlin Park

Jupiter

<10

Good

Satisfactory

 

 

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Bch

10

Good

Satisfactory

 

 

5

Phil Foster

Riviera Bch

10

Good

Satisfactory

 

 

7

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

20

Good

Satisfactory

 

 

8

Lake Worth- Kreusler

Lake Worth

<10

Good

Satisfactory

 

 

9

Ocean Inlet Park

Ocean Ridge

<10

Good

Satisfactory

 

 

10

Boynton Beach

Ocean Ridge

<10

Good

Satisfactory

 

 

12

Sandoway-Delray Bch

Delray Bch

<10

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 or 36 or greater enterococci per 100ml of marine water as a geometric mean over a five week period.

An Advisory is issued for a beach that samples in the “Poor” range of the EPA standards. This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.

 

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