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BWTF Water Quality


The Blue Water Task Force Water Quality plugin provides a WordPress Widget that displays water quality testing results from the Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force water testing program. Tests are perfomed by chapter volunteers, and the results collected in a database, from which the data for this widget is displayed


  • BWTF Water Quality Widget in the sidebar of a website.


  1. Upload and activate the plugin (
  2. Drag the Local Water Quality widget to the place in the theme that you would like the widget to appear
  3. Enter the Site ID for the site from which you would like results displayed
  4. On some servers, the default method for fetching data (FileGetContents) may not return anything. In this case, you can use the ‘CURL’ method.


What types of tests are used?

Water Quality tests are performed measuring the levels of indicator bacteria (E. Coli or Enterococcus)

How are the limits for “Low”, “Medium” and “High” determined?

There are standard levels used for the three categories. Clicking on the “detailed info” link in the widget will provide more information.

How can I add a local beach to the testing program?

Tests are performed by volunteers using funds raised from donations by businesses and individuals. Contact your local Surfrider chapter to see about adding a new beach to the program.

What if there is no local Surfrider chapter?

START ONE! Contact Surfrider’s national headquarters:


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Contributors & Developers

“BWTF Water Quality” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Corrected XSS Reflection vulnerability in wq.php and wq2.php


  • Added option to retrieve data via CURL rather than via FileGetContents


  • More minor bugfixes, formatting changes


  • Fixed bugs, changed some HTML styling
  • Added link to all beaches tested by the chapter


  • Added HTML to output for styling


  • First beta version