DEEP reopens four state beaches after new tests come back clear

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HARTFORD – Four state beaches that had been closed earlier in the week, have been allowed to reopen according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

DEEP retests of the water at Silver Sands Beach in Milford, Sherwood Island in Westport, Indian Well in Shelton and Kettletown in Southbury came back clear.

The state tests beaches every week, and earlier this week the results showed higher-than-average levels of bacteria. When the water tests positive for bacteria, the swimming flags go up.

Higher bacteria could lead to E. coli poisoning, which causes vomiting and nausea.

DEEP said it isn’t uncommon for the bacteria level to rise after a rainfall, like Monday. The runoff from the rain flows towards the Sound, and as it runs along the land it absorbs the bacteria and dirt on the ground.