To protect the public's health and safety, Health Department staff collect water samples from Stratford's beaches weekly from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Samples are sent to State lab for analysis. If elevated levels of bacteria are detected in the water samples an advisory is issued to warn beachgoers against entering the water, and swimming is prohibited until further testing indicates that the problem has been corrected. In addition to banning swimming when laboratory tests indicate unacceptably high bacteria counts, the Health Department introduced a policy several years ago whereby swimming is automatically prohibited for a minimum of 24 hours following a rainfall that exceeds 1 inch, and 48 hours or more following rainfall of 2 inches or greater.
The public is advised to check with the Recreation Department at 385-4052, Monday through Saturday between the hours of 9:00 am –2:00 pm, to determine if a swimming advisory is in effect following a rainfall. On Sundays, the public can call the Recreation Department’s answering machine at 385-4129 for a taped message about beaches closures. Beach closures are also routinely publicized on the WICC radio station.
The Health Department also responds to inquiries about swimming advisories during the the workday, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pm at 385-4090.
For a copy of Stratford Health Department's Beach Closure Policy, click here.
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