Bay County, Fla. The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) monitors saltwater beach water quality under the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. DOH-Bay collects water samples Twice a month between March and October and for checks Intestinal bacteria They usually live in the intestines of humans and animals. Presence of intestinal bacteria may indicate faecal contamination, It can come from rainwater, domestic animals and wildlife, and human sewage. Poor results are posted as “advisory” on affected beaches.
There are no recommendations for any Bay County sampling sites.
Healthy beaches Recommendations protect swimmers from the risk of gastrointestinal diseases. At a lower level, it can also exist It increases the risk of upper respiratory infections, skin rashes and ear infections.
Sampling is usually done on Monday, and the result is on Tuesday, except on holidays. Results will be shared via Bay.FloridaHealth.gov, media releases, and real-time. Florida’s healthy beaches page on FloridaHealth.gov and search for “Healthy Beaches”.
The Florida Healthy Beaches Program categories Good = 0-35 Enterococci per 100 ml of seawater, Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci per 100 ml of seawater, and Poor = 71 or more Enterococci per 100 ml of sea water. If levels exceed 70, DOH-Bay will notify the local Florida Department of Environmental Protection for further investigation.
If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at 850-481-4806 or visit the Florida Department of Health Internet Beach Water Quality website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/beach-water-quality/index.html.
About the Florida Department of Health
Department, nationally at Public Health Accreditation BoardIt works through coordinated state, county and community efforts to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida.