Swimming advisories lifted for Newport News beaches

Posted at 3:31 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 17:24:57-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The swimming advisories that were issued for two Newport News beaches Wednesday have been lifted.

Samples taken Tuesday showed bacteria results for King-Lincoln and Hilton Beaches exceeded safe levels. As of Friday, the advisories for both have been lifted.

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.