Water Quality Testing takes a break at Spa Beach
St. Petersburg, Fla. (August 17, 2016) -- As construction activities for the new Pier project commence, the Spa Beach area is being closed to public access. The City of St. Petersburg Environmental Compliance Division will suspend the microbiological sampling of Spa Beach until the beach is once again open to the public. This may provide additional resources to allow for testing in other areas of the city in the coming weeks and months. Those possibilities – and what locations can and will be on that expanded sampling list – are being discussed with staff now.
The results from the latest sampling (this week) do include results from Spa Beach – but this will be the last data available until the beach is re-opened after the construction activity has been completed.
As always, results can be found on the city’s Water Quality interactive map at: http://www.stpete.org/water/waterquality.php.
As a reminder, the biological testing for coastal waters tests for levels of enterococci. Enterococci are enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of enteric bacteria can be an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. If they are present in high concentrations in recreational waters and are ingested while swimming or enter the skin through a cut or sore, they may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories are:
Good = 0-35 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Listed below are the results and Water Quality Category according to the Healthy Beaches Program for the Beaches and Lassing Park from the August 16th sampling event.
Lassing Park 4 U Good
Maximo Beach 60 B Moderate
Northshore Beach 24 B Good
Spa Beach 4 B Good
We will continue to update the beach locations’ testing – and notify residents about further testing in additional areas -- as the surveys take place.