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Posted on: June 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Health Department lifts swimming advisory for middle section of Buckroe Beach

Buckroe Beach- Lifeguard stand

June 25, 2020 - The Health Department has lifted a swimming advisory for the middle of Buckroe Beach that was issued due to levels of bacteria that exceed the state water quality standards for swimming.

There are five locations in Hampton: Fort Monroe’s Outlook Beach; three spots along Buckroe Beach; and Salt Ponds Beach. Buckroe is segmented, so bacteria levels could affect the entire area, or just a portion (the south, from the pier to Point Comfort Avenue; middle, from Point Comfort to Tappan avenues; or north, from Tappan to Pilot avenues.)

An advisory doesn’t close the water to swimmers — it just warns you that you face elevated risk. When the city is notified of contaminated water, officials begin looking for a cause. Most commonly, bacteria levels can increase after a major storm, when sewer or wastewater systems could become overwhelmed and have overflows. Bacteria also could be caused by a leak in one of the systems. Officials test the water and the public is notified when the advisory is lifted.

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