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Two Hingham beaches reopened after bacteria scare

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 27, 2012 05:34 PM

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Two Hingham beaches were reopened for swimming on Friday after being closed two days earlier due to high bacteria counts in the water.

According to the Bureau of Environmental Health website, Kimball Beach and Wampatuck Beach were both closed with levels above the bacteria threshold on Wednesday.

Beaches are closed when the number of colony forming units of bacteria are above 104 cfus/100 milliliters of water.Typically, tests check for the enterococcus bacteria, which is found in fecal matter.

Kimball beach showed 2,142 cfu/100 ml., the highest it has been in nine years. Wampatuck Beach was closed with a bacteria count of 291 cfu/100ml of water.

According to staff in the town’s Board of Health office, the beaches were all retested on Thursday morning.

Results came in Friday showing the beaches had normal levels. As a result, they will be open this weekend.

As for why Kimball was so high, staff said the reason could be anything, but as long as there wasn't anything strange going on, bacteria counts should be down by subsequent tests.

For more information on testing results, click here.

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