What The Colors Mean
The AWLHOA posts the current condition of each lagoon via a simple color-coded system:
- Low health risk for water contact.
- Bacteria results are within the State Health Standard Limits.
- Levels of bacteria are within a normal range.
- Increased health risk for swimming and wading.
- Bacteria results do NOT meet the State Health Standards.
- No swimming, wading or water contact.
- There is a Water Quality Hazard.
We base our color chart after the East Bay Parks Water Quality Program:
“A green light means that our indicator bacteria test results are below the maximum levels and meet state standards.
A yellow light means that one or more of any of the indicator bacteria at that location is above the daily maximum level and exceeds state standards.
A red light means that the beach is closed due to a water quality emergency.”
In order for us to move a Lagoon into “Green”, the Board and City have determined that the Lagoon in question needs to provide 2 test results in a row that fall below the 400 MPN/100ml threshold.
How Are Lagoons Numbered
If unsure of lagoon area definitions, please refer to the homepage for lagoon maps.
Swim At Your Own Risk
Please keep in mind that the color coding is only a Board recommendation. Water quality conditions can change any time and there is always some risk with lagoon water contact. Lagoon water contact may cause illness. Do not swallow water. Shower and towel dry after water contact.