Health officials warn against swimming in James River
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia health officials lifted James River swimming and wading restrictions Wednesday after bacteria concentrations returned to an acceptable level a week after a sewage spill.
Last week the Virginia Department of Health warned people and pets to avoid swimming or wading in the river after 300,000 gallons of “raw, undiluted sewage” spilled into Tuckahoe Creek on July 27.
Samples taken Monday indicate concentrations have reached levels acceptable for all recreational water uses, officials said. People are still being warned to avoid contact with the Tuckahoe Creek. Samples taken from the creek Monday showed an improvement over last week, but the levels were still elevated, officials said.
Repairs to the sewer line were completed Friday and Goochland Public Utilities finished recovering sewage that pooled near the site of the spill, officials said. The Eastern Goochland Pump Station was brought back on line Tuesday.