Breaking News | Featured Stories

“NO-SWIM” advisories lifted for six Palm Beach County beaches

California Oil Spill
(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

UPDATE: Just in time for the weekend, it’s safe to go back into the water at six Palm Beach County beaches.
Palm Beach County health officials have lifted the “no-swim” advisories for six beaches Friday, three days after water samples showed high levels of bacteria.
The latest testing shows a decrease in the level of contaminants in the water rendering it safe for swimming, according to health officials.

The Palm Beach County Department of Health is issuing a health advisory for six beaches.
Testing on samples Tuesday revealed a high level of contaminants in the water, according to PBCHD.
The levels were higher than 71 colonies per milliliter of water, which puts the water quality in the poor range. Swimming in these waters could cause diseases, infections or rashes.
The beaches under the “No Swim” advisory include: Carlin Park, Riviera Beach, Phil Foster, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Municipal, and Lake Worth.
The health department is not sure what caused the high levels of contaminants, but heavy rains, high surf and traffic levels can contribute, experts said.

Courtesy: Palm Beach County Department of Health

The health department took samples from 13 locations Tuesday, ranging from Boca Raton to Jupiter.
The no-swim advisories will remain until levels return to normal. New samples will be taken Wednesday morning.