Water Quality Program Beach Warning Signs

If state standards for recreational water quality are not met the beach is posted with signs warning the public to avoid body contact with the ocean water.

The information is also made available on the hotline at (562) 570-4199. The health warning stays in effect until water resample results are within the state bacteriological standards.


What are the warning signs and what do they mean?



Bacteria levels are exceeded in an area not adjacent to or influenced by storm drain. You should avoid water contact, because it may cause illness. However, the beach remains open to the public .


Bacterial levels are exceeded in an area at or near a storm drain. You should avoid water contact in front or adjacent to any flowing storm drains.

The water is contaminated by a sewage spill. The sign is removed when levels of bacteria are within state standards.


The water is contaminated from a substance other than a sewage spill. The sign is removed when water condition is safe.



White croaker is contaminated
with
toxic substances and should not be consumed.

For further information call US EPA at (800) 231-3075.