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Healthy Advisory Dubois Park & Boynton Beach Test Poor

October 07, 2020

Palm Beach County, FL - Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has ISSUED A HEALTH ADVISORY for Dubois Park and Boynton Beach after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be more than 71 colonies per milliliter of marine water putting it in the poor 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 palmbeach.floridahealth.gov 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 10-05-2020

Site

Name

City

Enterococci

Water Quality

Status

1

Dubois Park

Jupiter

75

Poor

Advisory

2

Jupiter Beach Park

Jupiter

41

Moderate

Satisfactory

3

Carlin Park

Jupiter

63

Moderate

Satisfactory

4

Riviera Beach

Riviera Beach

<10

Good

Satisfactory

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

41

Moderate

Satisfactory

10

Boynton Beach

Ocean Ridge

121

Poor

Advisory

12

Sandoway-Delray Beach

Delray Beach

<10

Good

Satisfactory

13

Spanish River

Boca Raton

<10

Good

Satisfactory

14

South Inlet Park

Boca Raton

20

Good

Satisfactory

15

Lantana Beach

Lantana

CLOSED

N/A

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.

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 http://palmbeach.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/beach-water-sampling/index.html

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