DEEP: State Swimming Area Water Quality Summer Program

State Swimming Area Water Quality Summer Program

Background

  • The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) conducts weekly sampling at 23 state-owned and managed swimming areas: 4 coastal parks - Rocky Neck, Hammonasset, Silver Sands and Sherwood Island; 17 inland parks - Black Rock, Burr Pond, Chatfield Hollow, Day Pond, Gardner Lake, Gay City, Hopeville Pond, Indian Well, Kettletown, Lake Waramaug, Mashamoquet, Mount Tom, Quaddick, Squantz Pond, Stratton Brook, Wadsworth Falls, Wharton Brook; and 2 state forests - Cockaponset State Forest (Pattaconk) and Pachaug State Forest.
  • Water testing at state swimming areas begins the week before Memorial Day weekend and continues through Labor Day weekend.

  • Samples from the 23 state-owned swimming areas are analyzed at a Department of Public Health lab. Samples are analyzed for indicator bacteria, which are not disease causing pathogens, but are one of the tools used by public health and environmental protection officials to evaluate the potential contamination of waterbodies.

State Swimming Area Water Quality Report

  • The report lists the location and status of DEEP's 23 inland and coastal swimming areas.
  • The report is updated as testing information becomes available. Beaches that are closed due to test results are normally retested 24 hours later. 

Swimming Area Information Line

  • The DEEP State Parks Division maintains a 24-hour "State Parks Swimming Area Water Quality Status" information line. By dialing 1-866-CTPARKS (option #5) the public and the media can check the status of Connecticut's 23 state-owned swimming areas. The Information Line provides up-to-date information through a recorded message. In the event a swimming area is closed, the message indicates alternative swimming locations.

For further information, contact the Connecticut DEEP Communications Office at 860-424-4100.

State Swimming Areas - Status