PASCO COUNTY SALTWATER BEACH MONITORING RESULTS
November 12, 2015
Pasco County Saltwater Beach Monitoring Results
New Port Richey – The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County conducts saltwater beach testing through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. The water samples are being analyzed for enterococci enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract 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 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. Water quality categorizations are based upon the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA’s) recommended standard for enterococci of no more than 104 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of marine water.
The advisory in effect for Robert J. Strickland Beach has been lifted.Based on the marine water bacterial indicator that has been recommended by the EPA, this should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public. Next expected sampling date is 03/14/2016.If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County’s, Environmental Health Services division at (727) 861-5661,option 5, or visit the Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website (www.floridahealth.gov), and click on the "Environmental Health" Section and click 'Beach Water Quality.'