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February 26, 2013

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Votes to Approve Funding for Rapid Water Quality Testing Study

by Paloma Aguirre

On Tuesday February 26, 2013 the San Diego County board of supervisors voted unanimously in support of a rapid detection pilot study for beach water quality monitoring in San Diego County. This study will run from April 1, 2013 through April 1, 2014 and will evaluate if this method can be used effectively and efficiently for our county.

Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) is a new testing method that can reduce the wait time to four hours for results, when compared to conventional culture-based analytical methods that may take 24-48hrs.

Traditional water testing methods will continue to be used throughout the study. The two methods will be analyzed and compared for consistent results. 

WiLDCOAST provided comment in support of the recommendations and looks forward to continuing to work with the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health to ensure the health of our coastal communities is safe.