SAN JUAN – Yellow flags will be hoisted this weekend on three of Puerto Rico’s beaches to signal that the water is unsafe for swimming due to a high concentration of bacteria, the island’s Environmental Quality Board, or JCA, said on Friday.
Wanda Garcia Hernandez, acting manager of the JCA’s water quality department, identified the affected beaches as Balneario de Patillas, Tropical Beach in Naguabo, and Mojacasabe beach in Cabo Rojo.
Water samples taken from the three beaches on March 28 and 29 exceeded the safe limits of enterococcus bacteria in analyses by the JCA’s Puerto Rico Environmental Research Laboratory.
Beachgoers can consult the JCA Web site to check the status of specific locations.
“Our main recommendation is that bathers avoid direct contact with these bodies of water, as the pathogens present may cause diseases of the skin, eyes, nose, throat, and gastrointestinal system,” Garcia said.