Swimming advisory lifted for Newport News beach

Posted at 3:45 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 15:58:02-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A swimming advisory has been lifted for Huntington Beach.

Samples collected on July 30, 2019 by the Peninsula Health District showed that bacteria levels in the water exceeded the state water quality standard.

On August 1 officials said the advisory was lifted and that bacteria levels in the water meet state standards.

Recreational waters are monitored for bacteria routinely during the summer swimming season, using indicator organisms such as enterococci, the indicator of choice for estuarine and marine waters.

Signs were posted at the beach alerting the public of the advisory.

An advisory doesn’t close the water to swimmers — it just warns you that you face elevated risk.

The risk is especially elevated for children, who are more likely to swallow the water, or those who have open wounds or weakened immune systems.