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Palm Beach County Beaches Sample Good This Week

By Public Health Communications

December 13, 2017

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: 12/11/2017

1 Dubois Park Jupiter 20 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 30 Good Satisfactory
7 Palm Beach Palm Beach <10 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

Water quality classifications are based upon:
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 


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.
If you should have any questions, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County at (561)837-5988, or visit the Department of
Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality
website (www.doh.state.fl.us, click on the drop down arrow next to “Choose Subject” and then select “Beach Water
Quality”)

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