23 Aug 2014
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No Fresh Water at Island Beach Due to Contamination

The water fountain at the Island Beach picnic area has reportedly been shut off and signs have been posted warning beachgoers not to drink or bathe in the water, according to a Greenwich Time report.

No Fresh Water at Island Beach Due to Contamination

Beachgoers planning to take the ferry out to this week are advised to bring along plenty of bottled water: have reportedly shut off the island's fresh water supply due to the discovery of coliform bacteria.

"It's not disease-causing bacteria, but it is considered not safe to drink any kind of water with bacteria in it," Greenwich Health Director Caroline Calderone Baisley told the Greenwich Time.

The water fountain at the Island Beach picnic area has been shut off and signs have been posted warning beachgoers not to drink or bathe in the water, according to the Greenwich Time report. In addition the concessionaire on the island reportedly has no choice but to use bottled water for all food preparation. However people can still use the toilets on the island, according to the report.

The island's fresh water supply is stored in an 8,000-gallon underground holding tank, according to the report. The tank was treated with chlorine Tuesday and the town plans to test it again on Thursday.

The incident comes a week after due to mechanical problems.

For more, check out the Greenwich Time report.

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