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Bacteria closes UNH Outdoor Pool temporarily

DURHAM - The University of New Hampshire Outdoor Pool has been closed temporarily due to increased levels of bacteria found in the water.

UNH announced on Thursday the pool would be closed immediately after the results of a required weekly bacteria test indicated that coliform was present.

The facility will remain closed until a future test shows the water meets the standard of less than one total coliform per 100 milliliters of water in a future test, per standard protocol.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services mandates that the 75-year-old pool be tested weekly for total coliform bacteria and E.coli bacteria due to the slow water circulation in the 43,000 square foot pool.

Water circulation remains one of the university?s primary concerns as they work with the town to come up with a plan for the future of the pool. Safety concerns have led the university to considering closing the WPA-era pool and replacing it with a smaller, modern outdoor pool.

Residents in Durham have pushed back against this proposal and have organized a group to try and preserve the pool as is.

A public meeting to discuss the pool is being organized by the university and is scheduled to be held sometime this fall.


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