BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
RECREATIONAL WATER MONITORING
Long Beach has approximately 7 miles of public beach and bays attracting thousands of residents and visitors throughout the year. In order to protect the safety of the public, weekly water samples are collected and tested routinely to monitor bacterial levels. If you would like more information on beach water quality, please call our office between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday at (562) 570-4132.
Important Note: After any significant rainfall (0.10" or more) high levels of bacteria from storm drains, rivers, and polluted runoff enter our ocean. It is recommended to avoid all ocean water contact for at least 72 hours after rainfall, especially at storm drain outlets, river mouths, streams, and lagoons. People should always pay particular attention to any warning signs posted at the beach for their safety.
THERE ARE 4 POSSIBLE BEACH WATCH CONDITIONS:
OPEN: Bacterial levels are within State standards. There are no restrictions on water contact activity.
ADVISORY: Bacterial levels are outside of State Standards. Contact with water may cause illness and should be avoided.
RAIN ADVISORY: Bacterial levels rise significantly during and after rainstorms. Contact with water should be avoided for a period of 72 hours after rainfall ends.
CLOSED: Significant risk to health. Avoid any contact with the water until further notice.