Two northern RI beaches closed for swimming due to bacteria

Martin Geoffrey, 13, kayaks along Spring Lake.

BURRILLVILLE/GLOCESTER – The Rhode Island Department of Health recommended closure on Wednesday of two beaches in northern Rhode Island after testing showed high bacteria levels, the latest facilities in the state to see swimming paused over water concerns.

Spring Lake Beach in Burrillville and Harmony Hill School Beach in Glocester were closed following the latest round of testing on Wednesday, August 10, along with Third Beach in Middletown.

It is the second time Spring Lake Beach has been closed due to high bacteria levels this summer. The Burrillville beach was also closed for four days in June following recommendation from RIDOH.

In Glocester, Holiday Acres Campground, Marion Irons Beach and Camp Ruggles have all seen brief closures in 2022.

RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality through Labor Day. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH’s beaches telephone line (401-222-2751).

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