State recreational water quality officials on July 28 lifted a precautionary swimming advisory for all ocean waters in Currituck County, except where there is floodwater pumping.

The advisory for most, but not all, swimming sites in Dare County was lifted a day earlier.

Test results of water samples taken at swimming sites from the southern end of Corolla to the Virginia state line found that bacteria levels meet the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play. 

However, swimming advisories remain in effect where towns and subdivisions continue to pump floodwater to the ocean. These sites may change from day to day, but a sign should be posted to warn the public against swimming or otherwise contacting with the water. 

On July 25, state officials advised the public to avoid swimming in coastal waters in and around Dare and Currituck counties due to high rainfall and flooding from recent storms that may lead to excessive bacteria in the water. Floodwaters and stormwater runoff can contain pollutants such as waste from septic systems, sewer line breaks, pet waste, wildlife, petroleum products and other chemicals.

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