Briar Point Beach Reopens on Saturday, July 14
Beginning Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:00AM to 6:00PM, Briar Point Beach will officially open and will be fully staffed. Four consecutive results spanning the last two weeks have indicated safe levels of bacteria. The State Health Department considers water safe for swimming with bacteria counts up to 60 parts per milliliter. All recent test results have indicated bacteria levels below the State Health Department recommendation. Please check below for Laboratory Results for Briar Point Beach testing results.
Briar Point Beach is Closed Until Further Notice
July 11, 2018— Town of Coventry officials, Department of Health, URI Watershed Watch, RIDEM, and a representative from Tiogue Lake Association met on July 10 to discuss the presence of Enterococci bacteria in Lake Tiogue. Water testing results were reviewed and a plan to move forward was discussed.
On June 22, the Town of Coventry shut down Briar Point Beach and soon after the Coventry EMA recommended the closure of Tiogue Lake due to the prevalence of Enterococci bacteria. High levels of the bacteria were found during routine water testing taken on June 21. Four consequent sample results also presented elevated bacteria levels. However, the latest three samples from Briar Point Beach came back within the acceptable limit. The State Health Department considers water safe for swimming with bacteria counts up to 60 parts per milliliter.
Another set of sample results for the beach and Lake Tiogue will be available on July 12.
We apologize for the inconvenience and will bring you more information as we have it.
For laboratory results visit go to the bottom of this posting.