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RIDOH Closes Kent County YMCA Beaches After High Bacteria Reports

[CREDIT: RIDOH) The Health Department recommended closing Kent County YMCA's beaches Aug. 21, 2018 due to high bacteria counts.

[CREDIT: RIDOH) The Health Department recommended closing Kent County YMCA's beaches Aug. 21, 2018 due to high bacteria counts.
[CREDIT: RIDOH) The Health Department recommended closing Kent County YMCA‘s beaches Aug. 21, 2018 due to high bacteria counts.
Warwick, RI – The RI Department of Health has recommended closing Kent County YMCA Upper and Lower Ponds in Warwick at 900 Centerville Road for swimming because of high bacteria levels in recent water samples from the park.

The department posted a release to their website about the recommendation Tuesday afternoon.

According to the RI Department of Health website, beach closures are based on the concentration of Enterocci bacteria in beach water samples is measured in cfu/100ml (colony forming units per 100 milliliters). Beach closures are based on results of more than 60 cfu/100 ml in salt water and in fresh water.

RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure 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).

Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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