WARWICK, RI — The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has advised re-opening Sandy Point Beach in Portsmouth, Kent County YMCA Upper and Lower Ponds in Warwick and Aquapaug Scout Reservation in West Kingston for swimming as bacteria has returned to acceptable levels.
Fort Adams in Newport remains closed for swimming because of high bacteria levels.
The health department routinely checks city and state beaches for high levels of bacteria in the water. Beach closures are announced with bacteria levels exceed more than 60 cfu/100 ml ((colony forming units per 100 milliliters) of Enterocci bacteria in saltwater and in freshwater. The beach’s status can be monitored at the DOH website.
RIDOH will continue to monitor the water quality regularly to assure safe bathing throughout the summer season. The status of a beach may change on a daily basis. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH’s beaches telephone line (401-222-2751).