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NORTH ANDOVER | There’s a pandemic, a heatwave and not much to do indoors, and now – in what may seem like a cruel gut-punch by fate – North Andover’s local swimming spot is temporarily closed due to poor water quality.
Stevens Pond, which opened for the summer season in late June, was closed in mid-July after lab tests showed bacteria levels in the pond to be too high for swimming.
“We’re continuing to test down there, but the numbers have not allowed us to reopen,” North Andover Youth Services Director Riock Gorman said.
And the dry, hot weather we’ve been having hasn’t helped.
Gorman said the town is working with a consulting agency to come up with a long-term plan for the pond, but in the meantime they’re taking it on a day-to-day basis.
New test results are expected on Tuesday morning.
“My hope is that we do get it open. It’s been a solid two and a half weeks now, and it’s the longest it’s been closed, with the exception of the year we had the blue-green algae issue,” Gorman said.
Gorman stresses this is closing is not algae-related.
“They test weekly on anything to do with water quality. It has nothing to do with the blue-green algae issue,” Gorman assured.
The town is offering refunds for season passes. To get a refund, email firstname.lastname@example.org.