VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A swimming advisory that was issued from the City of Virginia Beach for North End beaches located between 70th and 83rd streets has been lifted.
This is happening after the water was re-sampled. Its bacteria levels met the state water quality standards.
According to city officials, this was the first time in about a year that the water's bacteria levels were above state criteria, and not safe for swimmers.
The signs that were posted at the affected beaches warning swimmers to stay out of the water have since been removed.
The City of Virginia Beach said "while they [the bacteria] do not cause illness, scientific studies indicate that their presence is closely correlated to the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standard have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness, as well as skin, eye and respiratory infections."
Officials said it's impossible to know for sure what caused the bacteria levels to rise, but waste from wildlife, domestic pets, storm and agricultural runoff, breaks in wastewater pipes and boat discharge can all play a part.