SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Thursday the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality lifted two of six water contact advisories for the Mississippi Sound.
MDEQ says water samples show bacteria levels are now safe enough for swimming in Hancock County off Lakeshore Beach from the Silver Slipper Casino eastward to Poinset and Buccaneer State Park Beach from 100 yards west of the sign eastward to 100 yards east of the sign.
However, Thursday afternoon MDEQ issued a water contact warning for Pass Christian East Beach from Espy Avenue east to Hayden Avenue, making five sections of water still not safe for swimming.
Four other water contact advisories remain in effect: Gulfport West Beach from Marie Avenue to Camp Avenue, Gulfport Central Beach from Alfonso Drive to Arkansas Avenue, East Courthouse Road Beach from Courthouse Road to Tegarden Road, and Pass Christian West Beach from Fort Henry Avenue east to Elliot Street.
MDEQ warns if you swim in these parts of the Mississippi Sound, the current high bacteria levels mean you have a higher chance of getting sick.
MDEQ will lift the advisories when water samples show that levels are safe for human contact again.