Bacteria in water shut down Silver Sands and Wadsworth Falls state parks, DEEP says


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Crowds beat the heat with a dip in sound at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Conn. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said that some bacteria had been found in water samples from Milford’s Silver Sands and Middlefield’s Wadworth Falls State Parks on Tuesday.

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Silver Sands and Wadsworth Falls state parks have been closed due to water quality, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Tuesday.

The state agency collects water samples from parks weekly. The state Department of Public Health then analyzes the samples to determine if there are “certain indicator bacteria” in the samples.

These bacteria “are not disease-causing pathogens but are one of the tools used by public health and environmental protection authorities to assess the potential for contamination of water bodies,” DEEP said in the report. .


Officials retested Silver Sands State Park in Milford on Tuesday and results are expected to return on Wednesday. A new test at Wadsworth State Park in Middlefield is scheduled for Wednesday with results Thursday.

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