Water advisory lifted for Polk Street Beach on Tybee Island

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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – A water advisory issued Tuesday for Polk Street Beach on Tybee Island has been lifted.

Polk Street Beach is located on the north side of Tybee, from the end of the beach to the jetty.

The Chatham County Health Department reported Wednesday that the high level of
enterococci bacteria, which prompted the advisory, has now dropped below the Environmental
Protection Agency’s recommended limits.

This is the second time in two weeks that a water advisory has been issued for Polk Street Beach.

When advisories like this are issued, the beach remains open but swimming or wading is discouraged. Enterococci bacteria can increase the risk of gastrointestinal illness in swimmers.

“There is no way of knowing if going into water that is under advisory will result in illness,” the department stated.

For more information, click or tap here to view FAQs from the health department.

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