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August 22, 2013

Black Beach may reopen to swimming today

MANCHESTER — Whether swimmers can hit the water at Black Beach today depends on the results of a water test taken Wednesday.

Town officials closed the Ocean Street beach Wednesday morning after testing, done weekly, found a high bacteria count in the water, according to the town’s Board of Health.

A new sample was taken Wednesday morning at Black Beach and should that result be satisfactory, the beach would reopen to swimming today, the Board of Health said.

All five of the other Manchester beaches — West Manchester, Tuck’s, Singing, White, and Grey/Magnolia — have passed weekly beach water testing for bacteria and are open to swimming.

Weekly beach water testing at all six Manchester beaches will continue until Labor Day.

At various times this summer, Black, Tuck’s Point and West Manchester beaches have been temporarily closed to swimming, having failed the weekly beach water testing for bacteria.

The state’s Department of Public Health states that any beach must be closed for swimming if there are more than 104 bacteria colony forming units per 100 milliliters of water.

Updates on the beach’s status are available on the town website, and also from the Board of Health at 978-526-7385.

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