State lifts one water advisory, second remains
Both affected public beach accesses at bathhouses, one on Ocean Bay Boulevard in Kill Devil Hills and the other at Milepost 15 off South Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. The advisory at Milepost 15 was lifted Thursday.
Test results taken July 24 indicated levels that exceeded the state and federal action levels of 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters for high usage sites.
The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program tests water quality at ocean and sound beaches in accordance with federal and state laws. Enterococci, the bacteria group used for testing, are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it does not cause illness, scientific studies indicate that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms.
People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the action level have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.
Swimming advisories affect water within 200 feet of the sign posted by the state.
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