Tower Road - Bayside

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Managed by The Swim Guide

NOTICE TO SWIMMERS: This area no longer meets shellfish harvesting standards due to wastewater discharge. Swimmers are encouraged to use extreme caution if coming into contact with the water at Tower Road - Bayside beach.

Tower Road Beach is located bayside on Rehoboth Bay in Rehoboth Beach. Swimming is at your own risk as there are no lifeguards on duty. This beach has a special status because there is a permanent caution about swimming in the bay, particularly after heavy rainfall. The bay suffers from poor water quality due to runoff from septic drains, agriculture, and other sources of contaminants. Contaminants are slow to flush from the bay. Water quality may be better on the coast. Visitors to the beach are urged to exercise caution.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Special health or safety status in effect

  • Special Status
  • This means the affiliate organization managing a beach has set the beach status based on special local knowledge or information. Check the beach description and the Sources section for details.
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Current Weather
18°C
Chance of heavy rain
Monitoring Frequency

Tower Road - Bayside is not sampled

Source Information

In Delaware, recreational water is monitored by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Water samples are collected at least weekly at all guarded beaches during the swimming season (May to September). Water samples are analyzed to determine the levels of Enterococci bacteria in recreational marine waters. Fresh water is tested for E.coli.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the monitoring season. Please contact the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (302-739-9939) during the off season if you would like to have the water tested before a special event.

A marine beach is marked Green when the single sample results show Enterococci counts below 104 cfu / 100ml of water AND when the geometric mean of 5 samples are fewer than 35 cfu of Enterococci per 100 ml of water. For fresh water beaches are marked GREEN when the E.coli counts are below 100 E.coli/100ml for a geomean AND below 185 E.coli/100ml for a single sample.

A marine beach is marked Red when single sample results show Enterococci counts above 104 cfu/ 100 ml of water or when the geometric mean of 5 samples is greater than 35 cfu of Enterococci / 100 ml of water. For fresh water beaches are marked RED when the E.coli counts are above 100 E.coli/100ml for a geomean OR above 185 E.coli/100ml for a single sample.

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

Results are posted online and on the 24-hour "Beach Hotline" at 1-800-922-WAVE.

Some Delaware beaches are subject to a permanent caution. Swimming in bays and inland waters, particularly after heavy rainfall, can have an elevated risk of illness due to high levels of contamination. Water quality may be better on the coast, and visitors to bay area beaches are urged to exercise caution.

Water Quality Graph

Tower Road - Bayside

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Managed by The Swim Guide

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Special health or safety status in effect
  • Special Status
  • This means the affiliate organization managing a beach has set the beach status based on special local knowledge or information. Check the beach description and the Sources section for details.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
18°C
Chance of heavy rain

NOTICE TO SWIMMERS: This area no longer meets shellfish harvesting standards due to wastewater discharge. Swimmers are encouraged to use extreme caution if coming into contact with the water at Tower Road - Bayside beach.

Tower Road Beach is located bayside on Rehoboth Bay in Rehoboth Beach. Swimming is at your own risk as there are no lifeguards on duty. This beach has a special status because there is a permanent caution about swimming in the bay, particularly after heavy rainfall. The bay suffers from poor water quality due to runoff from septic drains, agriculture, and other sources of contaminants. Contaminants are slow to flush from the bay. Water quality may be better on the coast. Visitors to the beach are urged to exercise caution.

Monitoring Frequency

Tower Road - Bayside is not sampled

Source Information

In Delaware, recreational water is monitored by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Water samples are collected at least weekly at all guarded beaches during the swimming season (May to September). Water samples are analyzed to determine the levels of Enterococci bacteria in recreational marine waters. Fresh water is tested for E.coli.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the monitoring season. Please contact the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (302-739-9939) during the off season if you would like to have the water tested before a special event.

A marine beach is marked Green when the single sample results show Enterococci counts below 104 cfu / 100ml of water AND when the geometric mean of 5 samples are fewer than 35 cfu of Enterococci per 100 ml of water. For fresh water beaches are marked GREEN when the E.coli counts are below 100 E.coli/100ml for a geomean AND below 185 E.coli/100ml for a single sample.

A marine beach is marked Red when single sample results show Enterococci counts above 104 cfu/ 100 ml of water or when the geometric mean of 5 samples is greater than 35 cfu of Enterococci / 100 ml of water. For fresh water beaches are marked RED when the E.coli counts are above 100 E.coli/100ml for a geomean OR above 185 E.coli/100ml for a single sample.

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

Results are posted online and on the 24-hour "Beach Hotline" at 1-800-922-WAVE.

Some Delaware beaches are subject to a permanent caution. Swimming in bays and inland waters, particularly after heavy rainfall, can have an elevated risk of illness due to high levels of contamination. Water quality may be better on the coast, and visitors to bay area beaches are urged to exercise caution.

Water Quality Graph

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