Health dept. lifts water advisory for Tybee’s Polk Street Beach

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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – The Chatham County Health Department has lifted a water advisory issued earlier this week for Polk Street Beach.

It was the second advisory for the area in as many weeks, although these advisories are not uncommon for Tybee Island.

After routine testing detected a high level of enterococci bacteria in the water, which can increase the risk of gastrointestinal illness in swimmers, the health department issued the advisory Tuesday.

On Thursday, after taking another water sample, officials determined the bacteria levels had dropped back below the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended limits, allowing the advisory to be lifted.

Future advisories 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.

For more information on advisories of this nature, click or tap here to view FAQs from the health department.

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