Swimming Advisory Issued for Two Areas: Along the Bay from Mortons Road to Starfish Road and along the Oceanfront from 8th Street to Aqua Lane

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Virginia Beach Health Department has issued swimming and wading advisories today for two sections:

  • Chesapeake Beach/Lesner Bridge East Beach – From Mortons Road to Starfish Road
  • Resort Area/Croatan Beach - From 8th Street to Aqua Lane.

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. 

Signs will be posted on the beach between to alert the public of the swimming and wading advisories. The signs will read: 

Bacteria levels do not meet state water quality standards
Swimming and wading are prohibited until further notice 

Virginia Beach has conducted these tests since the mid-1970s. Health officials will continue testing the site until the water quality meets the state water quality standards.  When the sampling test results meet the standards, the signs will be removed.

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, contact Brad Delashmutt, Virginia Beach Health Department, at (757) 518-2727.



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