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Posted on: August 26, 2020

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

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Aug. 27, 2020  – The Health Department Thursday lifted a swimming advisory for the middle of Buckroe Beach that had been issued due to levels of bacteria levels that exceed the state water quality standards for swimming.

An advisory doesn’t close the water to swimmers — it just warns you that you face elevated risk. The risk is especially elevated for children, who are more likely to swallow the water, or those who have open wounds or weakened immune systems.

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. 

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