City of Milwaukee Health Department beach water quality testing begins

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The City of Milwaukee Health Department will be providing daily updates to beachgoers on the water quality at Milwaukee's Bradford, McKinley, and South Shore beaches.

Water quality at Milwaukee’s three public beaches is monitored through Labor Day weekend. Water samples are analyzed for microbial contaminants, such as E.coli, that may indicate potential health risks. While E.coli is normally found in bodies of water, elevated levels can raise health concerns.

On Monday, The Health Department reported that McKinley Beach and South Shore Beach are closed due to bacteria. Bradford Beach is open.

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


Beach water updates are also posted daily online. You can view them by clicking here

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