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Recreational Water Quality

The City of St. Petersburg strives to maintain safe water for our citizens and environmental health. A statewide testing program for enterococci has been recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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.

Recreational Water Quality Results 

Recreational water quality is sampled and tested by the City of St. Petersburg Environmental Compliance Division at select surface water locations. Testing is completed weekly on Wednesday and results are usually posted on Thursday. If the test indicates sub-par water quality, testing will be performed again the following day. Results of the second test will be posted on Friday. If the second test still indicates poor quality, an "Advisory" will be issued for the sampling site.

The map and reports below provide information about the quality of environmental health, ambient water quality monitoring, trends in water quality and monitoring programs for sanitary sewers, background conditions, beaches and recreational areas. 

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Weekly Water Quality Testing

The water quality at the below sites is tested for enterococci (in Colony Forming Units, or CFU, per 100 mL of water) on a weekly basis. 

SiteSampling ResultTesting DateStatus 
Maximo Beach
4 CFU/100 mL
12/2/2020 Good
Northshore Beach 8 CFU/100 mL 12/3/2020 Poor
Treasure Island Beach 4 CFU/100 mL 12/2/2020 Good
Spa Beach 24 CFU/100 mL 12/2/2020 Good
Lassing Park 4 CFU/100 mL
12/3/2020 Poor
Based on quality criteria from the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.

Monthly Water Quality Testing

The water quality at the below sites is tested for e. coli (in Most Probable Number, or MPN, per 100mL of water) or enterococci (in Colony Forming Units, or CFU, per 100 mL of water) on a monthly basis.

SiteTest PerformedSampling ResultTesting DateStatus 
Bay Vista Park Enterococci 30 CFU/100 mL 11/9/2020 Good
Clam Bayou Kayak Launch Enterococci 610 CFU/100 mL 11/10/2020 Poor
Fossil Park Lake Enterococci 710 MPN/100 mL 11/10/2020 Poor
Grandview Park Enterococci 10 CFU/100 mL 11/9/2020 Good
Jungle Prada Park Enterococci <10 CFU/100 mL 11/9/2020 Good
Salt Creek Park Enterococci 600 MPN/100 mL 11/10/2020 Poor
Sunset Park: 
Sunset Dr. N./Central Ave.
Enterococci 10 CFU/100 mL 11/9/2020 Good
Walter Fuller Park E. coli 20 MPN/100 mL 11/9/2020 Good
Weedon Island Park Enterococci <10 CFU/100 mL 11/9/2020 Good
Based on quality criteria from the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.


2017 - Ambient Water Quality Report CardResults of annual water quality monitoring program presented in a scientifically sound and easy-to-read format developed for the public, stakeholders and City Council.
2017 - Ambient Water Quality Report Card Trend AnalysisAnalytical results of trend analysis for land-based, lake, and the estuarine data collected since 2003. The City was divided into 2 basins that drain to either Boca Ciega Bay or Middle Tampa Bay based on previous management delineations used by City or by local Inter-governmental agencies.
2019 - Water Quality Report CardSummary of data collected for monitoring programs the City has implemented to provide critical insights to the status and trends in water for two central themes related to water quality – Environmental Health and Human Health to meet the requirements of Consent Order (OGC No. 16-1280).


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