Squantz Pond Early Closing Blamed on Bacteria

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Squantz Pond during the summer, before its early closing.
(Photo courtesy of the Connecticut Post.)

Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Issue #1)

by Austin Rick, Environment Editor

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Squantz Pond has been closed down, banning people from swimming in the pond as of August 19th, 2016.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) stated the swimming area would be “closed after testing high for bacteria,” according to FOX61.

The article posted on fox61.com additionally sheds light on what DEEP plan to do to solve this issue.

With the pond shut down, DEEP has continued to conduct tests to see if it is still harmful to swim in the water. A statement from DEEP reveals that, “Samples are collected weekly by DEEP staff and are analyzed at the Department of Public Health Lab for the presence of certain bacteria.”

“Samples are collected weekly by DEEP staff and are analyzed at the Department of Public Health Lab for the presence of certain bacteria.”
—DEEP statement

The pond was closed, but Squantz Pond was reportedly closed in July as well. FOX61 has another article describing how on July 7, 2016, the pond was reopened after a contamination scare.

Having been closed again in August, it is clear bacteria is an issue Squantz Pond constantly faces. Apparently, “the bacteria growth was caused by storm water runoff from heavy rains,” NBC Connecticut reveals. The Danbury Patch reveals, “Squantz Pond was closed Thursday, August 18th due to the presence of E. coli bacteria.”

DEEP will continue doing what they can before releasing a statement that the pond is safe to swim in again. “Water will be retested and DEEP will reopen the swimming areas when they deem it is safe,” according to FOX 61.

When asked, a DEEP representative stated, “Squantz Pond reopened in September.” The park is currently safe.

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