EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 27, 2013

Pomps Pond passes test to re-open today

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — Pomps Pond is set to re-open today — just in time for the sun and warmth to return to the region.

Mary Montbleau, director of the town’s Department of Community Services, reported yesterday that the latest round of tests on the pond water found the bacteria count within acceptable levels, providing the necessary clearance for Pomps to begin welcoming beach-goers again.

Pomps Pond, located on Abbott Street, will be open today for regular hours, which are noon to 7 p.m.

Access will continue to be restricted to Andover residents only to curb the overcrowding at the beach that occurred earlier this month.

The pond was closed on Wednesday after a regularly conducted test found bacteria levels in the water to be seven times the state limit.

Spiking bacteria levels aren’t unusual for New England ponds and lakes during the high-volume summer months. A combination of large numbers of swimmers and high rainfall leading to runoff into the water are often to blame. Then, high heat, like that experienced, recently provides the perfect environment to speed up bacterial growth, officials have said.

However, it’s been two years since Andover was forced to close Pomps Pond because of a public health concern.