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A water quality advisory for Gulf Harbors Beach was issued after sampling indicated a high level of fecal matter. (Gulf Harbors Beach)

Florida: High Level Of Fecal Matter Found In Water Of Gulf Harbors Beach

A water quality advisory for Gulf Harbors Beach was issued after sampling indicated a high level of fecal matter.

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL -- The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County has issued a water quality advisory for Gulf Harbors Beach after sampling indicated a high level of fecal matter in the water.

The sample done on Sept. 10 showed the presence of enterococci (intestinal bacteria) that exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency threshold, which is no more than 70 colony-forming units per 100 milliliters of marine water.

The Department of Health's Florida Healthy Beaches Program monitors coastal beach water by testing marine water samples every two weeks from March through October in Pasco County. DOH-Pasco analyzes coastal beach water samples for enterococci, which normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. This type of bacteria is considered a potential risk because it may cause human disease, infections or rashes. The presence of enterococci is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife and human sewage.


The next expected sampling date is Sept. 16.