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Recreational Water Quality Results Released

St. Petersburg, Fla. (August 9, 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 August 8, 2018 sampling event.

Maximo Beach  290  Poor
Northshore Beach  360  Poor

Treasure Island Beach  240  Poor
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 August 8, 2018 at Northshore, Maximo and Treasure Island Beaches exceeded the acceptable criteria for Enterococci as established by the Healthy Beaches Categories, signs warning swimmers have been posted along the waterway.  Notification has also been made to the Sailing Center, USF and The Harborage. 

The waters near Northshore, Maximo and Treasure Island Beaches 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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