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All Beaches Good and Satisfactory This Week

By Public Health Communications

January 09, 2018

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: 1/8/2017

Site

Name

City

Enterococci

Water Quality

Status

1

Dubois Park

Jupiter

10

Good

Satisfactory

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

10

Good

Satisfactory

3

Carlin Park

Jupiter

20

Good

Satisfactory

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Bch

20

Good

Satisfactory

5

Phil Foster

Riviera Bch

<10

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

70

Good

Moderate

10

Boynton Beach

Ocean Ridge

20

Good

Satisfactory

12

Sandoway-Delray Bch

Delray Bch

<10

Good

Satisfactory

13

Spanish River

Boca Raton

20

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

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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