Ultraviolet Treatment Reduces Runoff Bacteria in Newport, RI

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Providence Journal: In a steady downpour, Julia Forgue pulls the hood of her raincoat tightly around her head and looks across Newport’s Memorial Boulevard to the beach and its empty parking area—a sure sign of lost revenues.

But Forgue, the city’s utilities director, is more concerned with an invisible toll at Newport’s premier public beach. Beneath the metal platform supporting her, a swollen stream rushes past on its way to the beach.

In past years, during heavy rains, it typically carried runoff laden with harmful bacteria, closing the sandy expanse also known as First Beach and tainting the City-by-the-Sea’s reputation as a tourist mecca.

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