The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health has lifted a
swimming and wading advisory that was issued for the farthest southern end of
Sandbridge, from Sea Scape Road to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.. Lab results showed bacteria levels in the
water meet the State Water Quality Standards.
Signs have been removed that previously alerted the public
of the advisory.
On August 6, the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health
issued a swimming advisory to protect public health following an abnormally
high bacteria level reading. The sampling level has returned to an acceptable
bacteria level and it is now safe for residents and visitors to enter this area
of the bay.
Recreational waters are monitored for bacteria using
indicator organisms such as enterococci, the indicator of choice for estuarine
and marine waters. Enterococci are a group of organisms used to determine the
extent of fecal contamination of recreational waters.
While Enterococci do not cause illness, scientific studies
indicate that their presence is closely correlated to the presence of other
disease-causing organisms. People swimming
or wading in waters with bacteria levels higher than the
standard have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness and
skin, eye and respiratory infections.
Environmental health officials sample recreational beach water
on a weekly basis during the swimming season from May through September.
For additional information on beaches, contact the Virginia
Beach Department of Public Health at (757) 518-2646.
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