Swimming advisory lifted for Newport News beach

Posted at 3:55 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 17:31:58-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Peninsula Health District has lifted the swimming advisory that was issued for Hilton Beach in Newport News Wednesday.

Samples taken Tuesday showed bacteria results exceeded safe levels. As of Thursday, the advisory is no longer in effect.

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.