SANTA MONICA, CA — Those looking to take a winter dip in the ocean may want to steer clear of some Los Angeles beaches as the County’s Public Health Department issued a bacteria advisory for six beaches — including Santa Monica.
The department collects samples weekly from various sites year-round to test and monitor bacteria levels. On Wednesday the division found the ocean water at the pier in Santa Monica exceeded state standards for bacterial levels.
Beaches in the county at Topanga County Beach, Surfrider Beach in Malibu, Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey, Venice City Beach and Manhattan County Beach also didn’t meet state standards.
The department of public health discourages swimming in the water at the beach because it may cause illness.
The public may see warning signs displayed at the beach. To view a list of the locations visit the Public Health Department’s website. The list will be updated when conditions change and the water is found to be safe to swim, surf and play in again.