MANCHESTER — Two Manchester beaches, temporarily closed to swimmers after failing weekly water tests on Wednesday, were reopened Thursday afternoon.
The beach were closed for one day until new tests found their waters safe.
Officials said the test failures are unrelated to the red seaweed that has blanketed coastal beaches. Rather, Grey and Black beaches closed after failing to pass a test of bacteria levels Wednesday. Town health officials said that runoff caused by the heavy rain over the past week likely led to the failures.
Manchester's four other beaches passed the original weekly bacteria test, and remain open for swimming.
The Board of Health tests all of Manchester's beaches weekly between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Wednesday is the first time either of these two beaches had failed a test this summer.
For updates on Manchester beach closings, visit Manchester's town website at http://www.manchester.ma.us.
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