|Green means the beach’s most recent test results met relevant water quality standards.|
|Red means the beach’s most recent test results failed to meet water quality standards.|
|Grey means water quality information for the beach is too old (more than 7 days old) to be considered current, or that info is unavailable, or unreliable.|
When swimming season is over or when a beach's water quality data has not been updated frequently enough (weekly) it goes into historical status. This means that rather than displaying current data it displays the beach's average water quality for that year.
|Green means the beach passed water quality tests 95% of the time or more.|
|Yellow means the beach passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time.|
|Red means the beach failed water quality tests 40% of the time or more.|
We may manually set the status for a specific beach if we have concerns about the sampling protocol, if there is an emergency, if monitoring practices don't exist or have recently changed, or other reasons that render this site "special."
|Green means the beach has historically excellent or pristine water quality, but there is no current data.|
|Red means the water at the site has water quality issues or there is an emergency.|
|Grey means there is no current water quality information, the beach is under construction, there has been an event that has rendered water quality information unreliable or unavailable.|
|See the beach description for more information regarding their special status.|
An article from 2010 describes how to avoid waterborne water illnesses at sub-tropical beaches:
A yearlong beach study led by a team of University of Miami researchers suggests that swimmers at sub-tropical beaches face an increased risk of illness. The multi-disciplinary team examined the risk of illness that beachgoers face when exposed to recreational marine water at sub-tropical beaches with no known source of pollution or contamination.
Among the top tips from the scientists for a healthy visit to the beach this summer are:
- Avoiding getting beach water in your mouth, or swallowing seawater.
- Practicing good beach hygiene by not swimming when ill with flu-like symptoms, diarrhea or open wounds.
- Showering before entering the ocean and immediately after leaving the water.
- Washing your hands with soap before eating.
- Taking small children to the restroom frequently, while on a public beach.
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