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Water Advisory Lifted at Honeymoon Island

The Pinellas County Health Department lifted a saltwater advisory for five beach locations after monitoring results showed a high concentration of fecal pollution.

From Pinellas County Health Department:

After , the Pinellas County Health Department has received lab results with moderate or good readings at these sampling points:

  • , Dunedin
  • , Clearwater
  • Indian Rocks Beach near 1700 Gulf Blvd.
  • Madeira Beach, Archibald Park
  • Redington Shores near 182nd Ave. W.

The advisory was issued for the water at those beaches based on the marine water bacterial indicator recommended by the EPA. The next routine sampling will be conducted on 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 advisory.

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 marine water.

For more information about the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program visit floridashealth.com. Click on the "Floridians and Visitors" icon, then scroll to the "Food, Water, Air, Land" section and select "Beach Water Quality."

Carol Frost July 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I really appreciate the news alerts from the Dunedin Patch, We live in Clearwater but love wading in fishing off the causeway. We were planning on going fishing this weekend but this alert realy helped on our decison. Carol
Katie Dolac July 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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