Beach or bathing water quality is measured by the presence of enterococcal organisms (a group of organisms that may indicate the presence of potentially harmful bacteria). The State of Connecticut has issued guidelines for bathing water quality – generally a concentration of enterococcal organisms exceeding 61 per 100ml of marine water is considered unsatisfactory for bathing.
Uncas Health District wants to ensure that your day at Spaulding Pond doesn’t result in illness related to poor water quality. At least once a week from mid-May to mid-September, one of our Sanitarians collects water samples from different bathing areas in the District. The water sample is sent to the state laboratory for analysis. When we receive the test results we compare them with the guidelines – if the sample result is greater than 61 per 100ml, we resample the water to double check the result. If the second test confirms the level, a bathing advisory is posted at that location. We will continue to monitor the site, and remove the posting as soon as the levels are safe.
The State of Connecticut Department of Environmental website has information on public health and environmental protection for beachgoers across the country.