Swimming advisories issued for two Newport News beaches

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Swimming advisories issued for two Newport News beaches Wednesday have been lifted.

Samples collected Tuesday at King Lincoln Beach and Hilton Park Beach showed bacteria levels in the water exceeded state water quality standards. More tests done Thursday indicate that bacteria levels now meet state standards.

The swimming advisory issued for Anderson Park Beach has also been lifted.

Recreational waters are monitored for bacteria on a regular basis during the summer swimming season, using indicator organisms like enterococci.

Health officials say enterococci bacteria are used to determine the extent of fecal contamination in the water. 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.

Beachgoers should keep the following guidelines in mind when going swimming:

  • Do not swim in water that looks stagnant, muddy, or smells unpleasant.
  • Avoid swallowing river, stream, lake or other recreational water.
  • Prevent direct contact between broken skin and recreational water.
  • Avoid swimming in natural water bodies (rivers, streams, lakes, etc.) for several days after a heavy rainfall.

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