BURRILLVILLE/GLOCESTER – Two area beaches that were closed last week due to high bacteria levels have been deemed safe to reopen by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
Counts at Spring Lake Beach in Burrillville and Holiday Acres Campground Beach in Glocester have returned to safe levels according to RI DEM, in notices issued Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21 and 22, respectively.
The announcements follow four days of closure for the Burrillville beach, which was notified of the safety issue last Friday, and nine days for the beach on Coomer Lake in Glocester, which closed on Monday, June 13.
RI DEM’s Beach Monitoring Program oversees water quality testing at licensed beaches during the summer months to make sure the water is safe for swimming. The agency notes that beach closures are based on exceedances of more than 60 colony forming units per 100 milliliters in saltwater and in freshwater.
The department said it will continue to monitor water quality at both area beaches through Labor Day.