Time to hit the surf. Beach advisories were lifted today at five sites, just in time for the weekend.
The Pinellas County Health Department has received lab results with moderate or good readings at these sampling points:
- Honeymoon Island, Dunedin
- Sand Key Park, Clearwater
- Indian Rocks Beach (1700 Gulf Blvd.)
- Madeira Beach, Archibald Park
- Redington Shores near 182nd Ave. W.
The advisory had been issued for the water at those beaches based on the
marine water bacterial indicator recommended by the EPA. The next routine
sampling will be July 30.
Pinellas saltwater results are listed at www.tinyurl.com/8y6keev. The site
lists the updated resampling results under each location that formerly had an
The Pinellas County Health Department conducts saltwater beach testing through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.
Water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci), that normally inhabit the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which
may come from storm water run-off, pets, wildlife and sewage. The purpose of
the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine whether Florida has
significant beach water quality problems.
Water quality classifications are based upon the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recommended standard for enterococci of no more than 104 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of
For more information about the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program, use the
TinyURL above or visit floridashealth.com. Click on the "Floridians and
Visitors" icon, then scroll to the "Food, Water, Air, Land" section and select
"Beach Water Quality."