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August 8, 2019 11:57 AM


White Beach, located on Ocean Street in Manchester is temporarily closed to swimming, having failed the weekly bacterial beach water testing. Today’s test results have found White Beach with a single count of 132 and a geomean of 37.

The beach failed to pass the single sample individual weekly test (which represent the current conditions), and the geometric mean standard (which reflect typical water quality found over a longer time period - typically a month). Today’s test results, thus far, have found White Beach with a single count of 132 (where the State limit is 104) and a geomean of 37 (where the State limit is 35).

All five of the other Manchester Beaches (West Manchester Beach, Tuck’s Point Beach, Singing Beach, Black Beach, and Gray Beach) have passed testing and are open to swimming.

White Beach will be closed until additional samples result in a reduction of both the single count test and the geometric mean test. We anticipate the beach would reopen to swimming on Wednesday, August 14th or Thursday, August 15th.

All six of Manchester’s beaches are tested for enterococci bacteria weekly, from mid May thru Labor Day. The six beaches include: West Manchester Beach (aka Black Cove Beach) on Harbor Street; Tuck’s Point Beach on Tuck’s Point Road; Singing Beach on Beach Street; White Beach on Ocean Street; Black Beach on Ocean Street; and Gray Beach (aka Magnolia Beach) on Raymond Street.

Updated information will be available from the Board of Health office at 978 526 7385 and also on the Town website www.manchester.ma.us. For further information on the State Beaches Program, please visit:


Ellen Lufkin
Manchester Board of Health Office

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