NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County has issued a health advisory for Robert J. Strickland Beach and Brasher Park Beach.
The department of health sampled water at the beaches on August 31 and found enterococci enteric bacteria that is considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.
The findings were based on the marine water bacterial indicator that has been recommended by the EPA. The next expected sampling date is September 8, 2015.
The department of health conducts saltwater beach testing through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Water samples are 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.
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.’