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DEEP Closes State Swimming Areas In New Fairfield, Kent

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has closed two state swimming areas after testing detected the presence of indicator bacteria in the water.

DEEP officials announced the closure of Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield and Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent on Wednesday. All other state swimming areas remain open.

Indicator bacteria do not necessarily cause disease, but they are used by public health and environmental officials to evaluate the potential for contamination in bodies of water.

Water at both parks will be tested again and DEEP will advise when they reopen.

DEEP tests the water at all state swimming areas on a weekly basis.

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