Swimming advisory lifted for Sarah Constant beach in Norfolk

Posted at 2:08 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 15:13:29-04

NORFOLK, Va. - The Norfolk Department of Public Health issued a Swimming Advisory for Sarah Constant Beach.

Water testing conducted Monday revealed enterococci bacteria levels at this site exceeding State Water Quality Standards.

On Wednesday officials said re-sampling of the water at this location determined that levels of enterococci organisms are within State Water Quality Standards.

Signs were removed about the advisory.

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.