(1) General — All public bathing places are required to conduct monitoring for water quality, reporting these results to the department, notice to the department and public notification upon exceedance of water quality violations. As of April 29, 2012, bathing place operation permits are no longer required from the department by law.

Terms Used In Florida Regulations 64E-9.013

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    (2) Operational water quality — The water shall be free of chemical and physical substances known or suspected of being capable of creating toxic reactions or skin or membrane irritations. Algae and aquatic vegetation shall be controlled so that no hazard to bathers results.
    (a) Bacteriological samples shall be collected by the owner/manager and tested monthly. A set of two samples shall be collected for every 500 feet of shoreline, the samples shall be taken a foot below the surface in three feet of water and at least 25 feet apart. The samples shall be analyzed by a DOH certified laboratory using EPA approved methods for ambient water and the results submitted to the department within 10 days after the end of the month.
    1. Should the test results of these samples exceed the standards in subsection 64E-9.013(3), F.A.C., below, the county health department shall be notified within 24 hours of receipt of results by the owner/manager from the lab, and re-sampling by the owner/manager shall be required within 24 hours. All sampling results shall be submitted to the county health department.
    2. If 24 hour re-sampling is not possible for any reason, then the bathing place owner/manager shall immediately post a No swimming advisory based upon these initial results during the time period waiting for re-sampling results. If the 24 hour confirmation samples reveal an exceedance of the standards, the bathing place owner/manager shall immediately post a No swimming advisory, form DH 4158, Bathing Place Public Health Advisory Sign — Poor Water Quality, 02/13, incorporated by reference and available at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-06899, or sustain the already-posted advisory until additional testing reveals the water meets single sample standards again. The department shall post the advisory if the owner/manager does not. Only samples collected after the initial advisory shall be used to compare and calculate when the advisory may be rescinded. If a pollution source is identified, that source shall be eliminated before rescinding the bathing place advisory.
    (b) County health departments shall perform an inspection upon receipt of test results exceeding standards, or upon receipt of a complaint from the public concerning safety, sanitation, illness, or water quality, and this inspection may include:
    1. A site inspection in light of the original sanitary survey, changed natural conditions, changed use conditions, and originally permitted facilities.
    2. A bacteriological test consisting of the normal monthly sampling requirement. The fecal coliform, E. coli or enterococci density must not exceed the single sample standards of subsection 64E-9.013(3), F.A.C.
    3. A water clarity test wherein an 8” black and white secchi disk shall be visible to a minimum depth of four feet.
    4. The bathing place shall be posted with an advisory or swimming prohibited, as appropriate, by the owner/manager or the department if inspection reveals water clarity violations, unsafe bacterial test results, or immediate hazards to health or safety such as, but not limited to sewage in water, broken glass, dangerous wildlife, hazardous structural or electrical conditions, toxic algal blooms, or other serious disease agents present.
    5. Muck or silt shall not be present from the shoreline to a depth of five feet and aquatic vegetation shall be controlled.
    6. Should an incident or finding of the county health department warrant it, site specific signage shall be provided. The bathing load shall be posted and due consideration shall be given to safety guidelines such as steep slope, diving areas, deep water, underwater obstruction, dangerous wildlife, or lifeguard not on duty. Additional signage shall be provided if the bathing area is longer than 300 feet.
    7. Platforms, diving boards, docks, beaches and walkways shall be kept clean and in good repair. Diving areas shall be readily identified, and shall have and maintain adequate water depth for safe diving based on the depth requirements of public swimming pool construction requirements.
    8. Glass items and domestic animals are prohibited in the bathing area and on the adjacent beach area.
    9. Sanitary facilities shall be provided and maintained in good working order with all necessary supplies.
    (3) Bacteriological Standards — Either fecal coliform, E. coli, or enterococci bacteria shall be tested for, at the option of the permit holder. All samples tested will be considered to determine compliance, unless found to be invalid by the certified lab or county health department. The enterococci density shall not exceed 61 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 mL of water in any single sample; or the E. coli density shall not exceed 235 CFU per 100 mL of water in any single sample; or the fecal coliform shall not exceed an average of 200 CFU per 100 mL of water, nor 400 per 100 mL of water in 10 percent of the samples, nor 800 CFU per 100 mL of water in a single sample. This average shall be expressed as geometric means using at least ten samples per 30 day period. Multiple samples collected on any one day during routine monthly sampling shall be arithmetically averaged to determine compliance for the bathing place.
Rulemaking Authority 381.006, 514.021 FS. Law Implemented 381.006, 514.021, 514.03, 514.031, 514.04, 514.05, 514.06 FS. History—New 10-5-93, Formerly 10D-5.142, Amended 12-27-98, 5-27-04, 5-24-09, 7-20-16.