July 2, 2019 by Carol Britton Meyer
UPDATE: (July 3, 2019)
Get ready for a fun-filled Fourth of July! Among the favorite places to go after the parade is the Hingham Bathing Beach. Hingham’s Executive Health Officer Susan Sarni provided weekly test results for Hingham and local beaches. “Residents can put in any town and search for their favorite beach to see testing results and closures,” she said. “Hingham tests came back fine — all beaches are open.”
The Board of Health tests Hingham beaches for bacteria regularly from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
A Hingham Pinboard dialogue about a mysterious rash some children swimming at the Hingham Bathing Beach off Rte. 3A experienced last week led to a concerned parent calling the Board of Health.
“We’re aware of the issue. We received one call, and we’re working with that person. We’re also doing research so we can educate the public,” Executive Health Officer Susan Sarni told the Hingham Anchor. No further information is available at this time.
The Board of Health tests the Bathing Beach water for bacteria weekly from Memorial Day to Labor Day, according to Sarni. “There’s been no high level of fecal coliform,” she said. “The Bathing Beach remains open.” The test for fecal coliform helps detect potential threats to human health.
The testing is done within the designated roped-off swimming area that is supervised by lifeguards for a time period before, during, and following high tide.
“We recommend that people swim in that area,” Sarni said.
If you experienced an issue, you can report it by calling the Hingham Board of Health at 781-741-1466.