County Closes Lithia Springs Swimming Area for High Levels of Bacteria

By Tamas Mondovics

Residents planning to visit Lithia Springs Park will have to forgo swimming for at least until early next week.

The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has closed the Lithia Springs swimming area earlier today due to elevated levels of bacteria found in the waters from recent rainfall.

According to County spokes person Kemly Green, the spring’s closure will be in place “until an acceptable water sample reading is received by the Hillsborough County Health Department.”

Green said that the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department will submit a new water sample to the Hillsborough County Health Department on Monday, June 17.

“If no elevated levels are found, the Lithia Springs swimming area will reopen and the health advisory will be lifted,” she said.

The Lithia Springs Regional Park is located at 3932 Lithia Springs Road in Lithia.

Signs have been posted and staff is on duty to monitor and alert the public of the health advisory. Patrons can still camp, picnic and use the playground.

For information on the Lithia Springs Regional Park, contact the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at 813-744-5572.