HAMPSTEAD – Another Hampstead beach has received a beach fecal bacteria advisory warning.
Island Pond Chase’s Grove beach was tested Aug. 19, and an advisory was issued on Aug. 21, due to the presence of fecal bacteria. The beach was tested again on Aug. 22, and the results available as of Saturday, Aug. 23, kept the advisory in place.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) conducts the tests and said the Aug. 22 testing showed the bacteria count still exceeded state minimums and the advisory would remain in effect.
The report stated, “Samples collected on Aug. 19 exceeded the state standard for fecal bacteria. The advisory remains until bacteria counts are below the state standard. Re-sampling will be conducted on Aug. 25, with new results available on Aug. 26.” Those results are not expected before the Tri-Town Times goes to press.
Beach advisories are issued when test results indicate bacteria levels are above the state standard, which would indicate the potential presence of disease-causing organisms in the water. The advisories are recommendations that the general public should avoid going into the water and doing other beach activities until the conditions are found to be safe after further testing. The posted advisory states clearly that high levels of bacteria have been detected in the water and the NHDES advises beach goers that “Water (is) currently not suitable for wading or swimming.”
The NHDES explains that “At a freshwater beach, an advisory is posted if either two or more samples collected at a beach exceed the state standard of 88 counts of E. coli per 100 milliliters (ml) of water or when one sample exceeds 158 counts of E. coli per 100 ml of water.”