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3 beaches in Laconia closed due to bacteria

Three of the five bathing beaches in Laconia have “no swimming” signs because of high levels of bacteria.

The signs Thursday at Bartlett Beach, Opechee Cove and Weirs Beach warned swimmers to enter the water at their own risk due to high amounts of fecal coliform. The state Department of Environmental Services points out that’s an indicator of fecal contamination and of the potential presence of pathogens associated with wastewater or sewage sludge.

The Citizen reported that for years, Laconia’s Parks and Recreation Department has struggled to find what is causing the high bacteria counts at city beaches. Officials concluded that geese, among other animals, were a possible source at Opechee Cove.

On Aug. 2, sewage-sniffing dogs will check the beaches for human waste in the water.

The Associated Press

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