Health Advisory 7 Beaches Test Poor
October 21, 2020
Palm Beach County, FL - Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has ISSUED A HEALTH ADVISORY for Riviera Beach, Phil Foster, Palm Beach Municipal, Lake Worth – Kreusler, Ocean Inlet Park, Boynton Beach, and Sandoway-Delray Beach after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be more than 71 colonies per milliliter of marine water putting them in the poor range.
Causes of the elevated level that prompted the advisory are unknown but recent heavy rainfall and high surf may be a contributing factor in these results. 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 10-19-2020
Jupiter Beach Park
Palm Beach Municipal
Lake Worth- Kreusler
Ocean Inlet Park
South Inlet Park
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 https://palmbeach.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/beach-water-sampling/index.html
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