Virginia Beach Swimming Ban Lifted

A ban on swimming and wading due to high bacteria levels in an area of Virginia Beach has been lifted.

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July 23, 2010

A ban on swimming and wading in an area of Virginia Beach has been lifted. The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health says bacteria levels have declined to acceptable levels.

The department imposed the ban Wednesday from 83rd to 89th streets in the city's North End after tests showed bacteria levels exceeded state water quality standards. The ban was lifted Thursday.

Beach water is sampled weekly from May through September.

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