3 swimming areas in Springfield reopened after bacteria testing

Swimming areas were closed on Thursday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three popular swimming areas in Springfield were shut down this week due to high levels of bacteria.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno sent 22News a news release on Thursday that said Camp Wilder, Bass Pond and The Paddle Club, would be shut down, which means swimming would be prohibited. The closures came after the HHS found high levels of bacteria in the water.

On Friday, Springfield’s Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris announced that the bacteria results at all three ponds “came back within normal limits.” She said the swimming areas can be reopened.

Five Mile Pond on Boston Road, which is the City’s largest swimming area, has remained open all summer. The city said the bacteria levels at Five Mile Pond have tested normal.

This is the second time this summer Camp Wilder has been closed due to high levels of bacteria. Similar incidents have occurred at other swimming areas in western Massachusetts. In July, the 22News I-Team uncovered high levels of E. Coli in some ponds in Hampden County.

The HHS said they test swimming areas in the city at least once a week, to make sure the water is safe enough to swim in.

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