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All Beaches Test Satisfactory at Year End

By Public Health Communications

December 29, 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: 12/27/2017

Name                 City       Enterococci  Water Quality   Status

Dubois Park         Jupiter          10         Good         Satisfactory

Jupiter Beach Pk. Jupiter          <10       Good        Satisfactory

Carlin Pk.            Jupiter          <10       Good        Satisfactory

Riviera Beach     Riviera Bch.   <10        Good        Satisfactory

Phil Foster Pk.    Riviera Bch.     10        Good        Satisfactory

Palm Beach        Palm Beach     20        Good        Satisfactory

Kreusler Pk.       Lake Worth     10         Good        Satisfactory

Ocean Inlet Pk.   Ocean Ridge   20        Good        Satisfactory

Boynton Beach   Ocean Ridge   <10       Good        Satisfactory

Sandoway Pk.    Delray Beach  <10       Good        Satisfactory

Spanish River     Boca Raton    <10       Good        Satisfactory

South Inlet Pk.   Boca Raton    <10       Good        Satisfactory

Lantan Beach     Lantant         <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 
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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