Health Officials Issue Water Quality Warning for Mavericks Beach

Elevated levels of indicator bacteria found at location north of Half Moon Bay.


Elevated levels of indicator bacteria found in the water at Mavericks Beach near Pillar Point Harbor during routine testing has prompted the San Mateo County Health Department to issue a water quality advisory in the area.

Contact with ocean water contaminated with bacteria exceeding state or county standards may cause illness, according to the department. Warning signs have been posted in the area to inform the public that engaging in water activities in this area poses a risk.

The warning was issued at the Princeton beach on Friday and is in effect through Saturday morning, according to the department.

Forty-three sites in San Mateo County are tested each week by a combination of county staff and volunteers primarily associated with the county chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

The public can stay informed on closures and postings at the San Mateo County Health Department website here on by calling its Beach/Creek Posting Hotline at (650) 599-1266.

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