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Palm Beach County Saltwater Beach Monitoring Results

Palm Beach County Saltwater Beach Monitoring Results

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 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: 08/01/2022
Site Name City Enterococci Water Quality Status
1 Dubois Park Jupiter <10 Good Satisfactory
2 Jupiter Beach Park Jupiter 30 Good Satisfactory
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 30 Good Satisfactory
8 Lake Worth-Kreusler Lake Worth 41 Moderate Satisfactory
9 Ocean Inlet Park Ocean Ridge 62 Moderate Satisfactory
10 Boynton Beach Ocean Ridge <10 Good Satisfactory
12 Sandoway-Delray Bch Delray Bch <10 Good Satisfactory
13 Spanish River Boca Raton <10 Good Satisfactory
14 South Inlet Park Boca Raton 50 Moderate Satisfactory
15 Lantana Beach Lantana <10 Good Satisfactory

Water quality classifications 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 questions, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County or visit the Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website (www.doh.state.fl.us, click on the drop down arrow next to “Choose Subject” and then select “Beach Water Quality”).
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