A beach advisory warning people against going into the water is in effect for Lover's Point Beach in Pacific Grove as a result of high levels of bacteria found in the water, according to the Monterey County Health Department.
The beach advisory went into effect Tuesday afternoon after high indicator bacteria was found in samples taken on Monday, health department representatives said.
Higher levels of bacteria have been associated with the increased potential risk of illness.
The beach advisory will remain posted until samples indicate that bacteria is at a safe level for recreational water contact according to state guidelines.
Among the possible sources of the high level of bacteria are marine life and other animals, rainfall runoff, storm drains, and human activity, health department representatives said.
The Monterey County Health Department urges residents not to swim or have contact with storm drain water, as bacteria, protozoa, viruses, and chemicals may contaminate the storm drain water, causing contact with the water to result in human illness.
For more information regarding the Monterey Peninsula Beaches and advisory updates, contact the beach hotline at (800) 347-6363.
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