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Ipswich closes five beaches due to high coliform count; testing underway to clear way for reopening

Five beaches in Ipswich have been temporarily closed by the town’s health department due to higher than normal coliform discharge from the nearby wastewater treatment plant.

A posting on the town website said that “currently there are no tests results to indicate a public health risk but as a precaution the beaches will remain closed until sampling confirms there is no risk.’’

The closed Ipswich beaches are: Pavilion, Crane, Steep Hill, Little Neck, and Clark.

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Water sampling is currently underway and results are expected on Friday.

Beaches will reopen once it is confirmed that there is no risk to the public, Tim Henry, director of the utilities department.

Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at sarah.mattero@globe.com.