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Enhanced Water Testing Shows Higher Bacteria Levels in Three City Locations

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (December 9, 2016) – In an effort to better inform and educate citizens of St. Petersburg about their valuable water resources, Public Works officials are expanding the regularly scheduled testing of area recreational waterways.

As part of that enhanced weekly testing, three (3) local waterways have been found to have poor water quality due to levels of 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water.  They are as follows:

Salt Creek/Bartlett Park
Lassing Park
Fossil Park Lake 

It is recommended that no there be no swimming until further testing (early next week) shows a drop in the bacterial levels.

Further information about the testing and potential dangers from increased Enterococci levels can be found at

“It is a service to our citizens,” said John Palenchar, Interim Director of Water Resources. ”This is an on-going and enhanced way to keep our residents informed so they can plan activities accordingly.”

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