Hilton Beach in Newport News: Officials from the Peninsula Health District have issued a swimming advisory for Hilton Beach, 224 River Road in Newport News.
Signs are posted to alert the public of the advisory. Health officials will continue testing beach water and will remove posted signs and notify the public when the bacteria levels decrease to meet state standards.
Enterococci bacteria are a group of indicator organisms used to determine the extent of fecal contamination in recreational waters.
While enterococci bacteria do not generally cause illness, residents swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the state standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness.
Swimming and other recreational activities in contaminated water can make people ill.
Swimming advisories are typically issued when water sample results exceed the State Water Quality Standard for bacteria in natural waters. State health agencies may also issue advisories after pollution incidents such as sewer overflows, chemical spills, or major storm events.
An advisory doesn’t close the water to swimmers — it just warns you that you face elevated risk. The risk is especially elevated for children, who are more likely to swallow the water, or those who have open wounds or weakened immune systems.
10 On Your Side will continue to update this page as advisories are added or lifted. Check back for updates.
To view the current list of swimming advisories provided by the Virginia Department of Health, click here.
To view the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s list of swimming advisories, click here.
For information on North Carolina Algal Blooms, click here.