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Water Quality Returns to Pre-Irma Levels

St. Petersburg, Fla.  (September 19, 2017) -- Just one week after the passage of Hurricane Irma, recreational waterways in and around the Sunshine City are posting a pristine bill of health. 

“This is good news,” said John Palenchar, interim director of Water Resources for the city. “Our testing shows that all water bodies have returned to pre-storm conditions.”

Following further sampling and continued testing, all St. Petersburg city beaches -- including Maximo Park, North Shore Park, Lassing Park and St. Petersburg Municipal Beach at Treasure Island -- have waters listed in the “good” range according to the guidelines established by the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.

The results of these sampling events are posted on the city’s Recreational Water Quality Interactive Map at

In addition, bacterial tests in water bodies conducted near small manhole overflows during the hurricane have returned to pre-Irma levels.


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