Milw. Health Dept. posting beach water quality advisories online

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- As summer weather finally arrives in Milwaukee, the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) is kicking off beach season by making it easier for residents to find the most recent conditions of Milwaukee’s beach water.

The MHD uses a public notification system guided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that uses the colors green, yellow, and red to guide the public in current water quality conditions.

In addition to postings at each of the City’s three Lake Michigan beaches, residents and visitors can now find the latest beach water advisories at and

Water at Milwaukee’s Bradford, McKinley, and South Shore beaches is tested from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Water samples are analyzed by both the City of Milwaukee Health Department Public Health Laboratory and Zilber School of Public Health Environmental Laboratory for a variety of factors, including microbial contaminants that may indicate potential health risks. Public advisories are posted within 24 hours of collection.

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