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Recreational Water Quality Results Update September 20, 2018

St. Petersburg, Fla.  (September 20, 2018) – The weekly Recreational Water sampling and testing has been completed by the Environmental Compliance Division of St. Petersburg Water Resources Department on the near-shore waters along Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. 

The latest results may be accessed on a user-friendly interactive map here: .

Listed below are the results and Water Quality Category according to the Healthy Beaches Program for the Beaches and Lassing Park for the September 19, 2018 sampling event.

Maximo Beach  240  Poor
Northshore Beach  52  Moderate

Treasure Island Beach  4  Good
Lassing Park  4  Good

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

Since this bacteriological marker result for the sample collected September 19, 2018 at Maximo Beach exceeded the acceptable criteria for Enterococci as established by the Healthy Beaches Categories, signs warning swimmers have been posted along the waterway. Signs warning of the presence of Red Tide in the area have also been placed at Maximo Beach and the City of St. Petersburg Municipal Beach at Treasure Island.  The waters near Maximo Beach have been resampled and test results will be available tomorrow.  Researchers will continue to sample and test until we are able to report satisfactory recreational water quality results.

All of these samples are taken and testing is being done in accordance with the water testing protocols outlined in the City’s Water Quality Report Card .  Watch for important updates as well as continued outreach and education on the Recreational Water Quality Page.


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