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Post Date:09/11/2019 10:34 AM

The Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has been conducting saltwater beach water quality sampling since August 5, 2002 as part of the Florida Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.  We are presently sampling thirteen (13) beaches on a bi-weekly basis. The water samples are being examined for enterococci bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections or rashes.  The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.  The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine Florida’s beach water quality.

Date of Sample: 9/9/2019

 Site  Name  City  Enterococci  Water Quality  Status
 1  Dubois Park  Jupiter 20 Good Satisfactory
 2  Jupiter Beach Park  Jupiter <10 Good
 3  Carlin Park  Jupiter 20 Good Satisfactory
 4  Riviera Beach  Riviera Bch 10 Good Satisfactory
 5  Phil Foster  Riviera Bch <10 Good Satisfactory
 7  Palm Beach Municipal  Palm Beach <10 Good Satisfactory
 8  Lake Worth - Kreusler  Lake Worth 10 Good Satisfactory
 9  Ocean Inlet Park  Ocean Ridge 80 Poor Advisory
 10  Boynton Beach  Ocean Ridge 20 Good Satisfactory
 12  Sandoway - Delray Beach  Delray Bch 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


Water quality classification are based upon:

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 or 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 question, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County at (561) 837-5988, or visit the Department of Heath's Internet Beach Water Quality website (, click on the drop down arrow next to "Choose Subject" and then select "Beach Water Quality").

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