The Wrentham Board of Health has announced Sweatt Beach is now open. The water quality tests indicate the bacteria count has fallen to levels that do not threaten public safety. "I'm happy to report Sweatt Beach is open," said Debra Dunn, chairwoman of the Board of Health. "Wrentham can now have a lovely day at the beach."
Officials with the town want to assure the public the beach is safe and in fact, they believe it has been safe all along. The issue, they believe has to do with a faulty test. In order for the beach to open, the geometric mean of the five most recent samples must be 126 E. coli per 100 ml. The town believes one of the tests was done improperly resulting in an inaccurate and unrealisticly high reading. This caused the average to be at the acceptable levels. All tests since the one in question have indicated the water quality was safe for people.
In a statement Lynne Adams, a member of the Wrentham Recreation Committee said:
"The beach closings were due to state requirements that the Town of Wrentham must follow to insure the health of all swimmers The last 4 water tests at Sweatt Beach were normal for bacteria levels. Also, prior tests results before last week's closing were normal, too. I hope this will put all swimmers minds at ease and now that the beach has re-opened all will enjoy Lake Pearl."
The timing of the reopening is fortuitous. Today, temperatures are predicted to reach the high 80s and the DARE to Dream Summer Program is scheduled to bring its 8th grade group down to the beach for games and water fun.