Environmental Health Services Rainy Season Advisory

Avoid ocean water contact during and at least three days following significant rainstorms according to the Public Health Department Environmental Health Services program. “Runoff from storms brings bacteria from creeks into the ocean,” stated Dr. Charity Dean, Health Officer. Additionally, the sediments from the January 9 debris flow contained high bacterial levels and are known to have created additional and prolonged elevated bacterial counts in affected ocean water.

Rainstorm runoff is untreated and is known to transport high levels of disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa from the watershed to the ocean. Such organisms can cause skin, respiratory and intestinal problems, especially in vulnerable people such as those with compromised immune systems, the very young and elderly.

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