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Gloucester reopens Pavilion Beach after water tests OK

Posted by Marcia Dick  June 26, 2013 02:19 PM

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The City of Gloucester on Wednesday reopened Pavilion Beach to swimmers.

Max Schenk, manager of environmental health services for the city, said the ban was lifted based on tests of bacteria levels in bathing water samples.

Current bacteria levels are below the limits set by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s bathing beach standards.

A Monday storm at approximately 8 p.m. – which included 20 minutes of intense rainfall – triggered a combined sewer overflow event during which a high volume of storm water flooded into the system, and a mixture of storm water and sewage was diverted and released into the harbor.

Pavilion Beach was closed Tuesday pending test results for bacteria levels in the water.

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