Blue Flag beaches must have excellent water quality. Tests have to be taken frequently and 80% of the results must meet national standards. For freshwater beaches, the test for E.coli must read below 200cfu/100mL to be considered good for swimming. For saltwater beaches, the test for Enteroccoci must be below 35cfu/100mL to be considered good for swimming.

Freshwater Beaches

Range of readings:

0 – 200

Safe to swim.

Latest test indicates this beach met national standards for swimming.

Range of readings:

201 +

Unsafe to swim.

Latest test indicates E.coli at this beach exceeds national standards. Swim at your own risk.

Saltwater Beaches

Range of readings:

0 – 35

Safe to swim.

Latest test indicates this beach met national standards for swimming.

Range of readings:

35 +

Unsafe to swim.

Latest test indicates Enterococci at this beach exceeds national standards. Swim at your own risk.

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