New beach signs include water quality report

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CORONADO, Calif. – San Diego County beach signs now include barcodes to help inform beachgoers about water quality.

The new two dimensional Quick Response codes are posted at more than 80 beaches countywide to eliminate the frustration of families going to the beach only to realize it’s closed due to pollution, bacteria or a spill.

barcode picWe want to make it easier for the public to enjoy our beaches and our new QR codes will do just that,” said County Supervisor Greg Cox.

The county debuted a water quality smartphone app in January that takes uses to a map of the coastline.  It includes green, yellow and red pins representing safe beaches, health alerts and beach closures.  The new QR codes are designed to make access to that site easier.

“That code will immediately bring you to our beach quality water map and that map will show you exactly where the closest beach is and you’ll also be able to find out and make sure that beach is open because of the good water quality,” said Cox.

It will also show the daily water quality reports for the beaches. Once users have downloaded that QR code, they can bookmark the map and pull it up anytime to check the water quality reports.

“(This is) ultimately protecting our surfers and our divers and our public from entering the water that is contaminated,” said Mark McPherson, Chief of the County Department of Environmental Health’s Land and Water Quality.