Water advisory lifted for Tybee Pier area

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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) — A water advisory for Tybee Strand Beach at the Pier has been lifted, according to the Chatham County Health Department.

The advisory was issued for 11th Street to 18th Street on Tuesday after routine testing detected levels of a bacteria called enterococcus above the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards.

Subsequent testing showed the bacteria levels had dropped back below recommended limits.

Occasional advisories are not unusual for the area. The source of the bacteria could be animal waste, stormwater runoff or boating waste, according to health officials.

When beach water advisories are issued, officials recommend beachgoers refrain from swimming or wading in the ocean, though the beach itself remains open. The health department says any fish caught in the area should be washed extensively.

There are now no current bacteria-related beach advisories for Tybee Island.

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