6/30 UPDATE:The Peninsula Health District says results from re-sampling tests conducted on June 26 indicate that bacteria levels in the water at Hilton Park public beach meet the state water quality standards for recreational waters.

The swimming advisory is no longer in effect at this location.


NEWPORT NEWS -- The Peninsula Health District has issued a swimming and wading advisory for Hilton Park Beach in Newport News.

Recent testing showed that bacteria levels in the water exceeded the State Water Quality Standards.

Recreational waters are monitored for bacteria using indicator organisms such as enterococcus, the indicator of choice in estuarine and marine waters.

Signs will be posted on the beach to alert the public of the swimming and wading advisory.

When the sampling test results meet the standards, the signs will be removed.

'We encourage the public to protect their health by complying with this advisory,' said Dr. Nzinga Teule-Hekima, director of Peninsula Health District. 'Typically an advisory of this nature is temporary and will be withdrawn once the bacteria levels have returned to safe levels.'

An advisory was issued for the same area on May 22 and lifted on June 2.

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