TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – The Chatham County Health Department has lifted the beach water advisory for South Beach at Chatham Street, which is from 18th Street to the Inlet Avenue on Tybee Island.
Tuesday, Health officials recommended swimmers stay out of the water on Tybee Island’s South Beach at Chatham Street after testing detected enterococcus bacteria that could pose a risk of illness to those who come into contact with it.
Officials say sources of the bacteria could include animal waste, stormwater runoff or boating waste.
Subsequent water samples showed the bacteria levels had dropped below Environmental
Protection Agency’s recommended limits. Therefore, the advisory has been lifted.
Periodic advisories are not unusual for Tybee Island and can be found listed on the Coastal Health District’s website. According to that page, there are three beaches within the district under permanent advisories, including King’s Ferry County Park at the Chatham/Bryan County line.
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