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).