DEEP reopens all swimming areas after being closed due to high bacteria levels

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HARTFORD — All state run swimming areas have reopened after being closed due to high bacteria levels, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Friday.

The DEEP closed the swimming areas at Mashamoquet in Pomfret and Indian Well in Shelton  Wednesday and Thursday.  Silver Sands in Milford, Gardner Lake in Salem, Wharton Brook in Wallingford, Kettletown in Southbury were closed only on Wednesday.

All have reopened.

Samples are collected by DEEP staff and are analyzed at the Department of Public Health Lab. Local health departments are responsible for sampling municipal swimming areas.

Last week, Squantz Pond State Park was closed after tests came back with high for bacteria there.

Earlier this summer, Silver Sands State Park in Milford was closed for several days due to high levels of bacteria in the water.