UPDATE: The Peninsula Health District has received results from re-sampling completed on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. These results indicate that bacteria levels in the water at Hilton Park public beach meet the state water quality standards for recreational waters. The swimming advisory is no longer in effect at this location.
Newport News, Va. – It’s not a good swimming day for some Newport News beachgoers. The Peninsula Health Department has issued a swimming advisory for Hilton Beach.
They’ve collected samples of the water and found that the bacteria in the water exceeded State Water Quality Standards.
Officials monitor the water frequently.
There are signs posted on the beach warning swimmers about the advisory.
Officials will collect more samples today and the results will be in on Thursday.
The signs will then be removed and the public will be notified once the bacteria levels go down.
Any swimming or playing in water with high levels of bacteria will present a higher risk for gastrointestinal illness.