Rhode Island Beach Closing

After a few days of heavy rain, many town and city beaches in Rhode Island (RI) were closed to swimming. This comes as a disappointment, since it is the peak of summer and one of the greatest parts about living on the coast is enjoying the beach. Unfortunately, when there is heavy rainfall, the bacteria in the ocean is disrupted and becomes unsafe for humans to be in contact with for fear of illness.

Why Will A Town Close Beaches To Swimming?

The most obvious reason a beach may close is for physical safety concerns such as sharks or extreme weather. The most recent RI beach closings, however, are due to the contamination of bacteria in the water. As the rain comes, the excess water on the roads and nearby towns all trickle down to the ocean.

bacteria found at beach

With the immediate addition of fresh water and animal waste to the ocean, the bacteria and microorganisms in the ocean become imbalanced. The Rhode Island Health Department specifically looks at enterococci bacteria. If a public beach tests positive for 60 colony-forming units of bacteria in 100 milliliters of water, then the beach will likely be closed to swimming.

Why Can Swimming in Closed Beach Waters Be Dangerous?

Any time a public agency like the Rhode Island Department of Health declares a safety concern you should always listen. But really, what could happen if you went swimming in a beach that was declared closed to swimming? When the water is closed to swimming, the lifeguards walk the edge of the water to ensure everyone complies with no swimming.

boy swimming at the beach

The main risk is an illness known as Gastroenteritis. It is an intestinal infection that can be contracted from ingesting infected water, which means children are especially at risk. The side effects include: vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, fever, and stomach pains.

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Sources:

  1. providencejournal.com/news/20190725/how-and-why-ri-decides-to-close-beach
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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 15 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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