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Bacteria warnings still in effect at three sites

(ran North, South editions)

Water advisories remain in effect at the Energy and Marine Center and Robert K. Rees Park Beach, both in New Port Richey, and Robert J. Strickland Beach, also known as Hudson Beach, as tests continue to show high levels of enteric bacteria in the water. The bacteria are an indication of fecal pollution, which could come from stormwater runoff, animal waste or human sewage, the Pasco County Health Department said. Officials say the water could pose "a potential health risk to the bathing public." A similar advisory has been lifted at Oelsner Park Beach in Port Richey after later tests showed lower bacteria levels.

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