Saltwater Warning at Courtney Campbell Beach
The advisory warns beachgoers to stay out of the water because of high bacteria levels, according to the Pinellas County Health Department.
Beachgoers are advised to stay out of the water near Courtney Campbell Beach because of high levels of bacteria, according to the Pinellas County Health Department.
"This area should be considered a potential health risk to swimmers," Maggie Hall, spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Health Department said in a release.
Saltwater samples taken for testing showed high levels of enteric bacteria, enterococci, and a poor water quality when tested Dec. 26. The next samples will be taken Jan. 7.
The advisory is based on the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended standard for enterococci of no more than 104 colony forming units for a 100 milliliters of marine water. The level at Courtney Campbell beach was 140.
Saltwater beach testing is conducted through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. The purpose of the program is to determine whether Florida has significant beach water quality problems.
Water samples are analyzed for enterococci that normally is in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. This bacteria may cause human disease, infections or rashes. Enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which can come from storm water run-off, pets, wildlife and sewage.
Visit the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program website: floridashealth.com.
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