Swimming advisories lifted for several Norfolk beaches

NORFOLK, Va. – The Virginia Department of Public Health has lifted swimming advisories for several Norfolk beaches.

One tested beach, Captains Quarters, was originally not given a swimming advisory.

The advisory was issued Wednesday after samples taken Tuesday showed bacteria results exceeded safe levels for each of the tested beaches. Not every beach was tested.

Some beaches already had advisories announced Tuesday.

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.