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Swimming advisories lifted for some Newport News beaches

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-27 18:45:12-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Peninsula Health District has lifted the swimming advisories for some beaches in the City of Newport News.

The advisories issued Wednesday for King-Lincoln and Huntington Beaches were lifted Thursday. The advisory for Anderson Park Beach was lifted Friday.

The advisory for Hilton Beach is still in effect.

Samples collected on Tuesday showed that bacteria levels in the water exceeded the state water quality standard.

Recreational waters are checked during the summer months for high levels of bacteria.

Indicator organisms like enterococci are monitored and when they are too high, a sign is posted at the beach.

Enterococci are a group of organisms used to determine the amount of fecal contamination of recreation water. They do not cause illness but research shows when enterococci are present, other disease-causing organisms may be as well.