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Beach Water Sampling in Walton County

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Spending the day at the beach is a popular summertime activity but that fun in the sun doesn't come without risks. The Florida Department of Health in Walton County works to make residents aware of these potential problems. Officials test the water at 7 different beaches in the county each week, testing for potentially harmful bacteria in the water, and sometimes they find it.


This week's sample results showed a high amount of bacteria at Grayton Beach causing the county to issue a Health Advisory. When results show an unhealthy amount of bacteria, the county re-samples the same area the very next day. For Grayton Beach, the re-sampling showed a reduced amount of bacteria and the advisory was lifted on Wednesday afternoon. But during an advisory, swimming and other activities in the water are not recommended.


"We are advising you not to get in the water, if you do make sure you clean yourself up and not get it in your mouth or your ears because it can cause health issues", said Crystal Steele, the Environmental Manager for the Florida Department of Health in Walton County.


This week's results:

Miramar Beach- 8 (Good)
Dune Allen Beach- 40 (Moderate)
Blue Mountain Beach- 52 (Moderate)
Grayton Beach- 40 (Moderate)
Holly Street Beach- 40 (Moderate)
Eastern Lake Beach- 8 (Good)
Inlet Beach Access-40 (Moderate)

DOH-Walton Website: 
http://www.floridahealth.gov/chdWalton/Env_Health/Healthy_Beaches.htm