Swimming advisory lifted for Newport News beach

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A swimming advisory has been lifted for Anderson Park Beach.

Bacteria levels taken Tuesday exceed State Water Quality Standards.

On Thursday city officials said tests showed bacteria levels were safe.

Recreational waters are checked during the summer months for high levels of bacteria.

Indicator organisms like enterococci are monitored and when they are too high a sign is posted at the beach.

Enterococci are a group of organisms used to determine the amount of fecal contamination of recreation water. They do not cause illness but research shows when enterococci are present, other disease-causing organisms may be as well.