Three parks receive advisories for hazardous water

Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 10:43 AM.

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

Advisories have been issued for Liza Jackson Park of Fort Walton Beach; Poquito Park of Shalimar; and Lincoln Park of Valparaiso.

This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public, based on the enterococci standards recommended by the EPA. 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. Ratings are based on EPA standards.

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