NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — People looking to cool off at the shore can once again take a dip at a portion of Scarborough Beach in Narragansett.
The R.I. Department of Health on Tuesday recommended the entire beach close to swimming after high bacteria counts were found in the water. On Wednesday, officials said the north side could reopen after additional testing revealed the bacteria levels were back within the acceptable range.
Scarborough Beach South remains off-limits to swimming along with Briar Point Beach in Coventry and Camp Watchaug in Charlestown, which the department announced late Wednesday afternoon.
Some beachgoers on Wednesday were disheartened that they couldn’t swim while others took advantage of the empty beach.
Throughout the summer, the health department regularly tests the water quality at beaches and other swimming spots to ensure it’s safe. Samples are collected from Scarborough every Monday and Wednesday, according to department spokesperson Joseph Wendelken.
Beaches sometimes close following rainstorms since the runoff can drag pollutants from streets, parking lots and other areas into the water.
Click here or call (401) 222-2751 for updated information on state beaches.