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RIDOH: No Swimming at Scarborough Beaches

Water quality analysis at local beaches is conducted by the State Health Laboratory or a state certified laboratory. The information is used to determine a closed beaches.
Water quality analysis at local beaches is conducted by the State Health Laboratory or a state certified laboratory. The information is used to determine a closed beaches.
Water quality analysis at local beaches is conducted by the State Health Laboratory or a state certified laboratory. The information is used to determine a closed beaches.

NARRAGANSETT —The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends no swimming at Scarborough State Beaches (North and South) in Narragansett due to high bacteria levels.

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.

When a beach closure is recommended, water quality analysis is conducted by RIDOH’s laboratory or a state-certified laboratory. The Department noted on its website that officials will continue to monitor the water quality and recommend reopening the beach when the water is again safe for swimming.  The status of a beach may change daily.

The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH’s beaches telephone line (401-222-2751) and online.

RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality until Labor Day. The status of a beach may change as new data become available. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH’s beaches telephone line (401-222-2751).

Rob Borkowski
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