NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A swimming advisory was lifted Wednesday for the beach at Captain Quarter’s Park, located at 800 Little Bay Avenue.
The advisory was issued Monday by the Norfolk Department of Public Health after water testing revealed that bacteria levels of enterococci at the beach were beyond state water quality standards. More recent tests show the bacteria levels have decreased below state standards.
Health officials say enterococci bacteria are indicator organisms used to determine the extent of fecal contamination in recreational waters. Though enterococci bacteria do not cause illness, health officials say scientific studies suggest that their presence is closely correlated to the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in water with bacteria levels higher than the state standards are more likely to develop gastrointestinal illness.
Signs that were posted at the beach to warn visitors have been taken down.
Health officials sample water at Captain’s Quarter’s beach on a weekly basis throughout the swimming season, from mid-May to mid-October.
This was the second swim advisory issued for Captain’s Quarters Park this month.