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Health Advisory Canceled Dubois Park Lagoon- Lake Worth Beach Advisory Continues

By Public Health Communications

May 17, 2018

Palm Beach County, FL—Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has CANCELED THE HEALTH ADVISORY for Dubois Park Lagoon after resampling showed the waters in the good range. The Health Advisory for Lake Worth Beach remains in effect as its resampling showed an increase from 190 colonies per 100 mL of marine water to 531 colonies per 100 mL, well in excess of 71 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water that put the beach in the POOR range Tuesday.

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

 

Date of Sample 5-14-2018-//resample 5-16-2018

Site

Name

City

Enterococci

Water Quality

Status

1

Dubois Park

Jupiter

910//10

GOOD

CANCELED-ADVSORY

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

60

Moderate

Satisfactory

3

Carlin Park

Jupiter

10

Good

Satisfactory

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Bch

50

Moderate

Satisfactory

5

Phil Foster

Riviera Bch

30

Good

Satisfactory

7

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

70

Moderate

Satisfactory

8

Lake Worth- Kreusler

Lake Worth

190//531

POOR

ADVISORY CONTINUES

9

Ocean Inlet Park

Ocean Ridge

20

Good

Satisfactory

10

Boynton Beach

Ocean Ridge

<10

Good

Satisfactory

12

Sandoway-Delray Bch

Delray Bch

30

Good

Satisfactory

13

Spanish River

Boca Raton

40

Moderate

Satisfactory

14

South Inlet Park

Boca Raton

20

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

 

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