Health advisories issued for several St. Pete beaches

- Health advisories have been issued for several St. Pete beaches after waterways were found to have poor water quality.

Tests of the water at Nothshore Beach, Maximo Beach and Lassing Park all showed elevated levels of Enterococci bacteria. 

The City of St. Petersburg says no one should swim at these three locations until further testing shows a drop in bacteria levels.

The Department of Health says there is also an advisory for waters at Fort DeSoto's North Beach because of enterococci bacteria.

Another water sampling will be conducted June 12.

The city of St. Petersburg said it is also conducting enhanced weekly testing, in an effort to better inform and educate citizens. Public Works officials have expanded the regularly-scheduled testing of recreational waterways that may have been impacted by runoff from recent rains.

For more information about the testing and potential dangers from increased enterococci levels, visit http://www.stpete.org/water/waterquality.php.

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