Swimming advisory lifted for Anderson Beach in Newport News

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Posted at 4:43 PM, May 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-27 15:39:06-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Peninsula Health District issued a swimming advisory Wednesday for Anderson Beach in the City of Newport News.

Anderson Beach is located at 16th Street and Oak Avenue.

Samples collected on Tuesday showed that bacteria levels in the water exceeded the state water quality standard.

On Thursday officials said the advisory was lifted after re-sampling showed safe levels.

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.

Enterococci are a group of organisms used to determine the extent of fecal contamination of recreational waters. While these organisms do not cause illness, scientific studies indicate that their presence is closely correlated to the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standard have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness.

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