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Florida Health Palm Beach County - Health Advisory Lifted for Dubois Park, Jupiter Beach, Carlin Park and Phil Foster

August 29, 2019

Palm Beach County, FL - Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has LIFTED A HEALTH ADVISORY for Dubois Park, Jupiter Beach, Carlin Park and Phil Foster after recent sampling showed bacterial levels to be below 10 colonies per milliliter of marine water putting it in the good range. Causes of the elevated level that prompted the advisory are unknown but heavy rains, high surf, and heavy traffic can contribute. Generally poor ratings are 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 08/26/019-8/28/2019.

Site

Name

City

Enterococci

Water Quality

Status

1

Dubois Park

Jupiter

42

Moderate

Satisfactory

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

<10

Good

Satisfactory

3

Carlin Park

Jupiter

20

Good

Satisfactory

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Beach

220

Poor

Advisory

5

Phil Foster

Riviera Beach

10

Good

Satisfactory

7

Palm Beach Municipal

Palm Beach

10

Good

Satisfactory

8

Lake Worth- Kreusler

Lake Worth

10Good

Satisfactory

9

Ocean Inlet Park

Ocean Ridge

20

Good

Satisfactory

10

Boynton Beach

Ocean Ridge

<10

Good

Satisfactory

12

Sandoway-Delray Beach

Delray Beach

<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

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 36 or greater enterococci per 100ml of marine water as a geometric mean over a five-week period.

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

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