Swimming advisories lifted for Peninsula beaches

Posted at 5:27 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-10 17:00:47-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The swimming advisories for Peninsula beaches have all been lifted.

Advisories for Huntington and Anderson Park Beaches in Newport News as well as Yorktown Beach in Yorktown were lifted last week. The advisory for Hilton Beach was lifted on Friday, August 10.

Samples collected on Wednesday 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.