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Health Advisory - Davis Island & Picnic Island Beaches

By Kevin Watler, P.I.O.

July 26, 2018

A Health Advisory has been issued for Davis Island and Picnic Island beaches based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

This should be considered a potential risk to the bathing public. Samples taken Wednesday were above threshold for enterococci bacteria. The beach will be re-sampled, Wednesday, August 1, 2018. 

When re-sampling indicates that the water is within the satisfactory range, the advisory will be lifted.

Water quality categorizations are based on the EPA's standard for enterococci is that beaches with a beach action value of 70.5 or higher are given an advisory.

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County has been conducting coastal beach water quality monitoring at nine sites once every two weeks since August 2000, and weekly since August 5, 2002 through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. The water samples are being analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, 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 runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine whether Florida has significant coastal beach water quality problems.

Please visit the Florida Department of Health's Beach Water Quality website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/index.html. To review the beach water sampling results for reporting counties, click on a county name.

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