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Recreational Water Quality Results Updated

St. Petersburg, Fla.  (May 17, 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.  While other municipalities sample and report every other week, the City of St. Petersburg’s commitment to clear and transparent information sharing with citizens and visitors results in weekly sampling, testing and reporting.

Listed below are the results and Water Quality Category according to the Healthy Beaches Program for the Beaches and Lassing Park for the May 16th, 2018 sampling event. 

Maximo Beach  44  Moderate

Northshore Beach  570  Poor

Treasure Island Beach  4  Good

Lassing Park  56  Moderate

The number represents the total of Colony Forming Units (CFU) of Enterococci and the scale is based on the following criteria:

Good = 0-35 Enterococci CFU per 100 milliliters of marine water

Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci CFU per 100 milliliters of marine water

Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci CFU per 100 milliliters of marine water 


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.  Since the levels detected along the Northshore Beach were elevated, additional samples are being taken today, and test results will be posted tomorrow on the Recreational Water Quality Page. 

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