WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A popular swimming spot is currently closed, due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.
Andy Gloss, Lead Supervisor at Hampton Ponds State Park, told 22News that water from both beaches at Pequot Pond was tested on Monday. The count was considered too high for swimming, so they have shut the beaches down.
Gloss said that the water will be re-tested on Friday morning, and the beaches will re-open if the bacteria counts drop to safe levels.
E. coli bacteria can cause serious gastrointestinal symptoms, including diaherrea, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Exposure to E. coli may lead to more serious complications, however, particularly for the very old and the very young.