Pinellas County Saltwater Beach Advisory LIFTED

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas has lifted its advisory for the water of several beaches including the Redington Shores County Access at 182nd Ave West.  based on the marine water bacterial indicator recommended by the EPA.

The Department of Health 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 testing results from tests conducted on 9/6/2016 is as follows:

ENTEROCOCCI (CFU per 100 ml): 4U undetectable
Water Quality:  Good

The next routine sampling event will be September 12, 2016.

Water quality classifications are based upon:
United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended standard for enterococci of no more than 70 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of marine water.

For more information about the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program, visit floridahealth.gov
Select Environmental Health and then Beach Water Quality.