Health Advisory Issued for LA County Beaches Over Elevated Bacteria Levels

Health Advisory Issued for LA County Beaches Over Elevated Bacteria LevelsSource: Google Street View
Jake Rodriguez
Published on December 09, 2023

Bacteria-infested waters have triggered a health advisory for several popular Los Angeles County beaches, according to a recent public announcement from the county's Department of Public Health. The advisory, which urges residents to avoid taking a dip or catching waves, is due to bacterial levels that have been found to exceed state health standards.

On the roster for these ominous warnings are specific areas along the coast, including the entirety of Inner Cabrillo Beach’s swim area in San Pedro and Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey. Beachgoers are also strongly advised to give a wide berth, stretching 100 yards from the Santa Monica Pier and the same distance from the public restrooms at Malibu Lagoon at Surfrider Beach. These recommendations come as officials are keen to remind the public to maintain safe practices when it comes to their beach outings.

However, it's not all gloomy news for beach enthusiasts. The health department also lifted warnings for a handful of areas where the water quality was found to be back within state standards. Generally bringing good tidings, the clear list includes popular spots like Santa Monica Beach around the Pico-Kenter storm drain, the areas surrounding Manhattan Beach Pier, and the vicinity of Redondo Beach Pier.

For those planning their coastal excursions and looking to steer clear of risky waters, there's an official County Beach Closure Hotline, which offers around-the-clock updates. Accessible at 1-800-525-5662, the hotline can help to ensure you avoid getting more than you bargained for during your next beach day. There's also a website detailing the impacted locations and providing further information on beach conditions. This is a point of reference for residents to frequently check, giving them timely updates on when it's safe to swim.