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Swimming is still off limits in West Haven

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There is no swimming at a popular West Haven beach, after black algae and possible waste was found in the water. (WFSB) There is no swimming at a popular West Haven beach, after black algae and possible waste was found in the water. (WFSB)
WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

There is no swimming at a popular West Haven beach, after black algae and possible waste was found in the water.

The water was reportedly being tested on Thursday to see how bad the problem really is, but it is unclear what the results showed.

As of right now, officials aren’t saying when people will be allowed back into the water, but for those who live in the area, they hope it’s soon.

“It would be great to go swimming,” said Joel Santiago, of New Haven.

The black algae stretched from Savin Rock to Oak Street in West Haven, and there is a possibility of waste mixed in.

Residents said they know about this all too well.

A nearby waste water treatment facility that is run by the city sits along the beach.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the city of West Haven was fined $125,000 three years ago, after sanitary sewers overflowed between 2007 and 2011.

Untreated sewage went into surface waters, and there were also backups into homes and businesses.

The facility was out of compliance and was ordered to make changes.

Many are hoping that’s not the case this time.

“If people come out here and realize they can't go swimming and coming to the beach to go swimming and just hang out with friend and just sit on the beach and you can't enjoy the water,” said Nick Staffieri, of Seymour.

Eyewitness News reached out to the EPA to see if those changes were made but hasn’t heard back.

Calls made to the city on Thursday were not returned.

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