Bacteria closes local swimming areas


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – The heavy rains this week have caused an increase in runoff, and bacteria, and that’s forced the closure of several beaches in our area.

It’s a precautionary step after a night of more than three inches of rainfall was recorded.

“The potential is bacteria and the water flow over the ground picks up contaminants from parking lots.  We have no indications of over flows from some treatment plants.  Again we are just being cautious in terms of making sure the water is safe to swim in,” said Mark Cooper, Wesport Weston Health District.

Mark Cooper tells News 8 they hope to re-open the beaches Wednesday but that depends largely on how much rain falls Tuesday night. Typically, one to two inches of rain doesn’t affect their beaches. But with so much precipitation, they just didn’t want to take any chances.

The beaches that are closed right now for swimming are:

Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic

Compo And Burying Hill Beach in Westport

All public beaches in Stratford

All public beaches in Fairfield

The water will be retested, and the beaches will be reopened as soon as test results are acceptable.


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