Old Orchard Beach (Central)

Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Managed by The Swim Guide

The central beach area is located along the very popular Old Orchard Beach, a 7-mile long sandy beach. It's a great place for swimming and sunbathing, but you will also find people bodysurfing, playing volleyball, kayaking, jetskiiing, and just strolling along the waterfront. The beach is located in the summer resort town of the same name. There are many attractions (including amusement rides and arcades), restaurants, food stands, shops, and hotels. There are both public and private parking lots located throughout town and you will find restrooms on West Grand Avenue. There are lifeguards on duty.

The water quality at this beach is monitored by Old Orchard Beach Manager: Chris White, Fire Chief.
Phone: 207-934-4911 x501
Email: cwhite@oobmaine.com

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
17°C
A mix of sun and clouds
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Old Orchard Beach (Central) is sampled weekly from May 26th to September 7th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Maine Healthy Beaches program is managed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and coordinated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Monitoring of coastal beaches is conducted by local staff and volunteers and the decision to post the beach is the responsibility of local municipalities and parks.

See the beach description for more information including how to contact the local beach management entity.

Monitoring results and advisories are posted on the Maine Healthy Beaches website. http://www.mainecoastdata.org/public/CurrentBeachStatus.aspx
Advisory and closure notices are also posted at major beach access points and/or at lifeguard stands.

Most beaches in the program are tested weekly on either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. However some beaches with a high risk of pollution are tested two to three times a week, and beaches with a low risk of pollution are sampled every two weeks. The monitoring season runs between Memorial Day and until the week after Labor Day. However monitoring can begin as early as April.

If a sample exceeds water quality standards it is retested and an advisory is issued. The Healthy Beaches Program also uses a Risk Assessment Matrix to determine the likelihood of pollution, local rainfall levels and other conditions when deciding whether or not to post a beach.

When it rains heavily, contaminants are transported to the shoreline from both riverine and stormwater discharges. Therefore, as a precaution many beaches post advisories after local rain events.

Swim Guide checks Maine's Healthy Beaches website Monday to Friday for updates.

A beach is marked Green when Enterococcus is below 104 units /100 ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when Enterococcus is above 104 units /100 ml of water.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable data available.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Old Orchard Beach (Central)

Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
17°C
A mix of sun and clouds

The central beach area is located along the very popular Old Orchard Beach, a 7-mile long sandy beach. It's a great place for swimming and sunbathing, but you will also find people bodysurfing, playing volleyball, kayaking, jetskiiing, and just strolling along the waterfront. The beach is located in the summer resort town of the same name. There are many attractions (including amusement rides and arcades), restaurants, food stands, shops, and hotels. There are both public and private parking lots located throughout town and you will find restrooms on West Grand Avenue. There are lifeguards on duty.

The water quality at this beach is monitored by Old Orchard Beach Manager: Chris White, Fire Chief.
Phone: 207-934-4911 x501
Email: cwhite@oobmaine.com

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Old Orchard Beach (Central) is sampled weekly from May 26th to September 7th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Maine Healthy Beaches program is managed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and coordinated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Monitoring of coastal beaches is conducted by local staff and volunteers and the decision to post the beach is the responsibility of local municipalities and parks.

See the beach description for more information including how to contact the local beach management entity.

Monitoring results and advisories are posted on the Maine Healthy Beaches website. http://www.mainecoastdata.org/public/CurrentBeachStatus.aspx
Advisory and closure notices are also posted at major beach access points and/or at lifeguard stands.

Most beaches in the program are tested weekly on either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. However some beaches with a high risk of pollution are tested two to three times a week, and beaches with a low risk of pollution are sampled every two weeks. The monitoring season runs between Memorial Day and until the week after Labor Day. However monitoring can begin as early as April.

If a sample exceeds water quality standards it is retested and an advisory is issued. The Healthy Beaches Program also uses a Risk Assessment Matrix to determine the likelihood of pollution, local rainfall levels and other conditions when deciding whether or not to post a beach.

When it rains heavily, contaminants are transported to the shoreline from both riverine and stormwater discharges. Therefore, as a precaution many beaches post advisories after local rain events.

Swim Guide checks Maine's Healthy Beaches website Monday to Friday for updates.

A beach is marked Green when Enterococcus is below 104 units /100 ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when Enterococcus is above 104 units /100 ml of water.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable data available.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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