Hazardous water advisories issued for two Okaloosa County areas

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 04:06 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Two Okaloosa County areas may have potentially hazardous bathing water, the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County stated this week.

Advisories have been issued for Gulf Islands National Seashore and Emerald Promenade of Okaloosa Island, based on EPA-recommended enterococci standards. These areas present potential health risks to the bathing public.

The department tests weekly for enterococci, which indicates fecal pollution and comes from stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.

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