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Quincy beaches closed due to high bacteria counts

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 27, 2012 10:09 AM

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Six Quincy beaches have been closed to swimming, after water-quality tests came back with high bacteria counts.

According to Bureau of Environmental Health website, tests done at beaches on Wednesday have indicated that Mound Beach, Merrymount Beach, Delano (Back) Beach, Broady (Baker) Beach, Germantown Fire Station Beach, and Wollaston at Milton Street were all closed to swimming

Beaches are closed when water samples with enterococcus counts – a type of bacteria typically found in fecal matter – are above 104 colony forming units per milliliter of water samples.

Tests showed levels of 884 cfu/100 ml. at Mound, 1137 cfu/100ml. at Merrymount, 341 cfu/100 ml. at Back Beach, 122 cfu/100 ml. at Baker Beach, and 119 cfu/100 ml. at Germantown.

All test results were posted on Thursday and those five beaches will be closed until the water is resampled on Monday.

Wollaston Beach at Milton Street, which is tested by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and not by the city, was closed with a count of 135 cfu/100 ml. Beaches tested by DCR are tested daily.

Public Health Commissioner Andrew Scheele wasn’t immediately available for comment. However, tides typically flush out high bacteria counts soon after they are tested.

Regardless, the public is advised not to swim in the water until test come back clean.

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