The city of St. Petersburg takes pride in providing safe water for our citizens, both for drinking and for environmental health. The City of St. Petersburg Water Quality Report Card provides information about the quality of environmental and human health, including ambient water quality monitoring, trends in water quality, our beaches and recreational areas monitoring programs, as well as sanitary sewers and background conditions monitoring programs.
Testing is done weekly at each of the locations on Wednesday. Results are usually posted on Thursday. If the test indicates a level of Enterococci greater than 70 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of marine water, the beach is resampled the following day. Results of the second test will be posted on Friday.
Learn more about the Florida Healthy Beaches program.
The statewide testing program tests for enterococci, which the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended states adopt as a saltwater quality indicator. According to studies conducted by the EPA, enterococci have a greater correlation with swimming-associated gastrointestinal illness in both marine and fresh waters than other bacterial indicator organisms and are less likely to "die off" in saltwater. If an enterococci result were observed to exceed 70 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of beach water sampled and a resampling result also exceeds this value, then an "Advisory" will be issued for the sampling site.