Beach Water Quality Articles

PUBLIC BEACHES: Beach Water Quality

Contact with contaminated ocean water may cause illness.

For the latest information about beach postings or closures based on the most recent bacteriological test information, call the Beach Condition Hotline 1-800-347-6363.

Do not swim in or have contact with water coming from storm drains. Such water may be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or chemicals, and contact with storm drain water may cause illness. Do not enter water after rainstorms as bacterial levels increase with the increased runoff into the bay.

Beaches are sampled Monthly from November to April, then weekly between April 1 and October 31 of each calendar year.

Beach Advisory signs - what they mean

last changed on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Beach Advisory signs - what they mean
One way the public is notified about a Beach Advisory is by the use of posted signs along the approaches to the beach. You can learn here what the different signs look like and what they mean...