Swimming advisory issued for Hilton Park Beach

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A swimming advisory was issued Wednesday for Hilton Park Beach in Newport News.

Samples collected Tuesday by the Peninsula Health District found bacteria levels in the water that exceeded the state water quality standards.

A sign is now posted at the beach to alert the public. It states: “Warning swimmers – bacteria levels do not meet state water quality standards, swimming not advised until further notice”.

The sign will be removed, and the public notified when bacteria levels meet state standards.

“We encourage the public to protect their health by complying with this advisory,” said Dr. Nzinga Teule-Hekima, Director of the Peninsula Health District. “Typically, an advisory of this nature is temporary and will be withdrawn once the bacteria levels have returned to a safe level.”

The Peninsula Health District said it planned to collect samples again on Wednesday, with results expected to be available Thursday.

Swimming advisories were issued twice in June for Hilton Park Beach.

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