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Swimming advisory lifted for Kiptopeke State Park beach

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UPDATE: The Northampton County Health Department has lifted its swimming advisory of the  Kiptopeke State Park Beach after new testing showed   that bacteria levels in the water  again met state water quality standards.

The Northampton County Health Department has issued a swimming advisory for the Kiptopeke State Park Beach because of high bacteria levels.

The department said in a release that beach water samples collected on July 20 by the Virginia Department of Health showed that bacteria levels in the water at Kiptopeke Beach exceeded the state water quality standards. 

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

“The coastal waters of Virginia are generally very clean, and we test them frequently to confirm this,” said Environmental Health Manager Jon Richardson.   “On the occasions when waters do fail to meet the standards, we need to protect public health by letting residents and visitors know.” 

A swimming advisory is now in effect for Kiptopeke State Park beach in Northampton County.

Signs have been posted at the Kiptopeke State Park Beach alerting the public of the advisories.  

Health officials will continue testing the site, and they will remove the signs and notify the public again when the bacteria levels decrease to levels that meet the standard. 

Environmental Health officials sample Kiptopeke State Park Beach on a weekly basis during the swimming season from late May to early September. 



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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service