Swimming advisory lifted for Newport News beach

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Peninsula Health District issued a swimming advisory for King Lincoln Park Beach Thursday afternoon.

Samples collected on July 5 showed that bacteria levels in the water exceeded the State Water Quality Standards.

On July 7, the swimming advisory was lifted after the PHD evaluated results from re-sampling completed on Thursday. The results indicate that bacteria levels in the water at King Lincoln Park Beach meet the state water quality standards for recreational waters.

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.