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Squantz Pond In New Fairfield closed due to water quality concerns

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Squantz Pond's beach was closed Thursday due to bacteria levels. (WFSB photo) Squantz Pond's beach was closed Thursday due to bacteria levels. (WFSB photo)
NEW FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

 At least one state park beach was closed on Thursday due to poor water quality.

According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield was closed to swimmers.

DEEP said the park's waters tested for a high level of indicator bacteria. 

The news of the poor water quality left plenty of park goers washed over in disappointment.

"Wow, that's really bad news because it's so hot," New York resident Patricia Ardila said. "We wanted to enjoy the day."

The department said water quality at state beaches is tested weekly.

DEEP official said though indicator bacteria are not disease-causing pathogens, it's used to evaluate the potential for contamination.

But, not everyone saw the sign letting visitors know swimming was off limits or even picked up on the fact that the beach was empty.

Stamford resident Pete Sofman started to take a dip after hiking the park trails. He was told by a life guard that he needed to get out of the water.

"He came over, politely said the water tested positive for e coli bacteria, so I couldn't swim,” Sofman said. “Fortunately I got at least cooled off."

DEEP officials said they are re-testing the water at Squantz Pond State Park and should have the results by Friday.  

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