NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The Peninsula Health District has removed the swimming advisory at Huntington Park Beach but it remains in effect at Hilton Park Beach.
Swimming advisories were issued at the two Newport News beaches Wednesday, after tests revealed bacteria levels there were higher than state water quality standards. Health officials say, if you choose to swim at those beaches anyways, you may get sick.
“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 “Typically, an advisory of this nature is temporary and will be withdrawn once the bacteria levels have returned to a safe level.”
Tests came back Friday showing Huntington Park now meets the state water quality standards.
Signs are posted at Hilton Beach to warn swimmers, until the bacteria levels are back to normal there.