Puffer’s Pond swimming area in Amherst reopens after E. coli shutdown

Staff Writer
Saturday, July 06, 2019

AMHERST — The town has announced that Puffer’s Pond has reopened for swimming after a routine test last month showing high levels of E. coli forced the town to close the popular swimming area.

The announcement was made on the town’s Facebook page July 3, where a post read that testing results have come back “within normal range.”

Routine water samples taken from the pond June 24 showed higher than normal levels of the bacteria. According to a past alert from the town posted on its website, a high E. coli reading is “not an uncommon occurrence at many similar ponds in our region this time of year and is likely due to recent heavy rains and runoff.”

According to the town’s website, a test of the water on July 1 showed that “both sample[s] do not exceed the acceptable limits” of E. coli.

PThe swimming area at Puffer’s Pond was also temporarily closed last year due to E. coli.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although some strains of E. coli are harmless, others can cause sickness such as diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, pneumonia and other illnesses.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com.