SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – Southwick’s Town Beach at the South Pond of the Congamond Lakes is closed due to high levels of E.coli bacteria in the water. 

According to the town’s website, on Monday afternoon the Board of Health reported the water quality tested on August 4th came back with an unsafe bacteria count and closed the South Pond Beach located on 14 Beach Road. The Board of Health is monitoring the water quality.

Alex White, the director of the Board of Health, said while he has seen the bacteria numbers go down over the past week, they are still over the state’s recommended limit, “We just want to make sure that people are aware that it is unsafe right now and just be mindful, but I’m going to keep everyone informed of the situation as we actively monitor the testing and hopefully we’ll be able to open up the beach once it’s safe for resident and the public.”

Another test was done Thursday morning and usually results are available in a day or two. White adds why he does not know the exact reason the bacteria levels are up, it’s an occurrence happening in many bodies of water throughout the state.

Most people infected with E. coli have severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms usually start three to four days after swallowing the bacteria, and most recover without treatment after five to seven days.