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Ocean Water Quality Index
BACTERIA
COUNT
QUALITY
RATING
0-26 Excellent
27-52 Very Good
53-78 Good
79-104 Fair
Above 104 Poor (waters closed for swimming)
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The Atlantic County Ocean Water Quality Program celebrates its 26th season this summer, providing seasonal weekly reports on bacterial samples taken from ocean waters on beaches along Brigantine, Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

OCEAN WATER QUALITY INDEX
Week Beginning 7/21/2014
Location Avg. Bacteria Count Quality Rating
Atlantic City 7  Excellent
Brigantine 7  Excellent
Longport 6  Excellent
Margate 6  Excellent
Ventnor 4  Excellent

A highlight of the program is the Ocean Water Quality Index, created by health officials from the county and city health departments as a means of giving the public accurate, easily understood information on the quality of our waters. Information is posted on the back of lifeguard stands and stations along the Atlantic County shoreline for easy access.

The Ocean Water Quality Index is divided into five grades, based on the average number of bacteria per 100 milliliters of water.

Twenty-five years of water testing and interaction with the public on this issue has shown two things:

  • There is a great deal of public interest in accessing information about the quality of our ocean waters.
  • The waters off Atlantic County are consistently in the excellent category.

In 2013, the ocean was tested each week for a period of 17 weeks. Results for the entire 2013 season county wide consistently rated in the "excellent" category.

The Ocean Water Quality Program is an annual project of the Atlantic County Division of Public Health in cooperation with the Atlantic City Health Department. For additional information contact County Health Officer Patricia Diamond at (609) 645-5935.

Beaches are one of the county's greatest natural resources, beaches offer something for everyone.  Check out this list of beaches in Atlantic County.