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Jupiter and Palm Beaches Health Advisory Cancelled

By Public Health Communications

March 08, 2018

Palm Beach County, FL—Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has CANCELLED the HEALTH ADVISORY for Jupiter Beach Park and Palm Beach after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water have returned to the GOOD range of less than 35 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water. Carlin Park and Lake Worth beaches, closed earlier in the week due to high surf, also sampled 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

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

Date of Sample 3-5-2018/resample 3-8-2018

Site

Name

City

Enterococci

Water   Quality

Status

1

Dubois Park

Jupiter

50

Moderate

Satisfactory

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

240/20

GOOD

Satisfactory

3

Carlin Park

Jupiter

<10

GOOD

Satisfactory

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Bch

         30

Good

Satisfactory

5

Phil Foster

Riviera Bch

50

Moderate

Satisfactory

7

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

280/10

GOOD

Satisfactory

8

Lake Worth- Kreusler

Lake Worth

10

GOOD

Satisfactory

9

Ocean Inlet Park

Ocean Ridge

30

Good

Satisfactory

10

Boynton Beach

Ocean Ridge

10

Good

Advisory

12

Sandoway-Delray Bch

Delray Bch

 10

Good

Satisfactory

13

Spanish River

Boca Raton

  40

Moderate

Satisfactory

14

South Inlet Park

Boca Raton

<10

Good

Satisfactory

15

Lantana Beach

Lantana

30

Good

Satisfactory

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