Coastal Health District

Environmental Health

Beach Water Testing

The Coastal Health District and the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources work together to test coastal beach waters for the presence of potentially harmful bacteria that could cause illness. More populated beaches are tested year-round on a weekly basis. If bacteria levels are elevated, an advisory sign will be placed on the beach.

It is important to note that the beach water advisory is to alert the public of a possible risk of illness associated with water contact but does not mean the beach is closed. Rather we are advising people against swimming or wading in the water until the bacteria levels return to normal and encouraging those fishing in the impacted area to wash fish and seafood caught there with fresh water and thoroughly cook the fish/seafood before eating it.

Any advisory issued is only for the area specified in the advisory and does not impact any other beaches.

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Click here for more information on beach water quality and testing: Beach Water Quality FAQs