Thea Digiammerino

3 State Swimming Areas Reopened, 1 Closed Due to Water Quality Concerns

Three state swimming areas have reopened after being closed for high bacteria levels in the water, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and a fourth is now closed.

Swimming areas at Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, Silver Sands State Park in Milford, and Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth were temporarily closed because of high bacteria counts brought on by recent rain. After testing, DEEP reopened the areas Wednesday.

DEEP also announced that the swimming area at Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret is closed due to quality concerns. The water was resampled Wednesday and test results are due in Thursday.

The indicator bacteria shown in the testing will not make you sick, health officials use it to evaluate possible contamination in the water.

DEEP regularly tests the water at state swimming areas. Local health departments are responsible for testing at town beaches and swimming areas.

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