Beach Water Quality Advisory - Elevated at South Beach Key West
June 15, 2018
Press Release: Friday, June 15, 2018
Issued by: The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County
To: Residents and Visitors of the Florida Keys
Water quality testing performed by the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County has indicated elevated levels of enteric bacteria (enterococci) in the near shore waters at the following beach:
- SOUTH BEACH IN KEY WEST
The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage. These bacteria may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The Department of Health advises the public not to swim or practice other water-related activities in the near shore waters at SOUTH BEACH IN KEY WEST ONLY. This notice will remain in effect until bacteriological results show that the water is safe for such purposes.
The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine Florida’s beach water quality.
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 have questions, please call the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County Beach Information Hotline at: 877-892-9585 or 305-293-1653 or visit the Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website at: www.tinyurl.com/monroebeaches.
Thank you, Bureau of Environmental Health