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Swimming advisories lifted for four Newport News beaches

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 10:14:38-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Peninsula Health District lifted the issued swimming advisories for Huntington Park beach and Anderson Park beach on Thursday.

The Peninsula Health District has received results from re-sampling completed on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The water testing results indicate that bacteria levels in the water at Huntington and Anderson Park beaches meet the state water quality standard for recreational waters.

The issued swimming advisories for Hilton and King-Lincoln beaches are now lifted.

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 remain posted at the beaches that are still under advisory. The signs read: “Warning swimmers - bacteria levels do not meet state water quality standards, swimming not advised until further notice.”

Health officials will remove the signs and notify the public again when the bacteria levels decrease to levels that meet the state water quality standards.

It is asked that the public:

· Do not swim in water that looks stagnant, muddy, or smells unpleasant.

· Avoid swallowing river, stream, lake or other recreational water.

· Prevent direct contact between broken skin and recreational water.

· Avoid swimming in natural water bodies (rivers, streams, lakes, etc.) for several days after a heavy rainfall.