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Falls Lake beach reopened to swimmers

Posted June 10, 2011

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— Recreational swimming areas at Holly Point North Beach at Falls Lake were reopened Friday after tests showed normal levels of bacteria in the water.

Wake County Environmental Services closed the beach on Tuesday after routine tests showed elevated levels of enterococci, bacteria that can cause infections and lead to diarrhea. Enterococci is typically found in the digestive tracts and feces of warm-blooded animals.

The county samples bacteria levels in the water each week during the summer and closes the beach to "primary contact," or any activity where someone's head may go underwater, when bacteria exceed acceptable levels. Tests must show acceptable levels of bacteria for two straight days before the beach can be reopened to swimmers.

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  • hellorhighwaters Jun 10, 2011

    And don't put your babies and small children in these lake waters.
    You know they are going to swallow some of that water. Bacterias or not, it's not safe enough for babies and small children in my opinion, not after only two days. May a week or two.
    We as parents still have to use some common sense about certain things in life. You know?

  • Of The South Jun 10, 2011

    All of this heat and humidity is going to really make small bodies of water "stew" with bacteria. I wouldn't go into any lake smaller than Kerr right now.

  • MudLife Jun 10, 2011

    i got pulled by a park ranger at Falls Lake i thought it was kinda funny. But i'll be back not to swim but to fish.

  • davidgnews Jun 10, 2011

    Lots of folks still gather around the corner (upstream) from Holly Point by the New Light Bridge. It's too bad that it's not managed again in some way, because efforts to keep people out just don't work. Dollars are short, though.

  • MamaBearNC Jun 10, 2011

    don't we get our drinking water from falls lake???

  • Wake1 Jun 10, 2011

    I think I would stay clear! Give it a day or two - it'll be back up to unacceptable levels!