New report shows which beaches are the dirtiest in the country

Posted at 10:12 PM, Jun 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-26 22:12:17-04

There’s some good news for those looking to take a dip in the east beach section of Norfolk.

The swimming ban has been lifted between Baypoint Avenue and 24th Bay Street.

Water samples showed elevated bacteria levels and that’s a similar story across the country.

A new report released today shows there’s a lot of dirty water.

More than 20,000 closings and advisory days have been issued due to dirty water.

About 80 percent of these closures were blamed on high bacteria levels.

It’s bacteria that could be from raw sewage.

Illnesses linked to swimming in contaminated water can include upset stomach, skin rashes and pink eye.

The healthiest beaches were found in Delaware and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

Click here to find out how your favorite Hampton Roads beaches were ranked.