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Lake Wheeler beach closed for fourth time in August

Posted August 27, 2009

— Wake County environmental officials closed the beach at Lake Wheeler for the fourth time in August after finding elevated bacteria levels Thursday.

Routine tests showed levels of enterococci and E. coli bacteria exceeded standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Those bacteria can cause infections and lead to diarrhea.

Levels of enterococci should not exceed 60 colony forming units (cfu) per 100 milliliters, while E. coli shouldn't exceed 235 cfu. Tests found 95.9 cfu of enterococci and 344.8 cfu of E. coli.

The closure bans any activity in which a person's head goes underwater, including kayaking, Sunfish sail boating and wind surfing lessons. The city always prohibits swimming at Lake Wheeler.

Fishing, water skiing, tubing and other boat rentals are still permitted.

The beach will remained closed until bacteria levels meet EPA standards for two straight days.

Wake County closed the beach at Lake Wheeler due to elevated bacteria levels three times earlier this month.


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  • LuvLivingInCary Aug 27, 2009

    i guess i should not have flushed...

  • chargernut69 Aug 27, 2009

    sounds like local septic runoff issues...

  • Ol Forrester Aug 27, 2009

    This is a lake, not a sewage settlement pond, right ???

  • BottomLine Aug 27, 2009

    They need to post a sign to stop peeing in the lake too.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 27, 2009

    If people want to swim in bacterial soup, who is gov't to get in their way?...trying to protect society? Gov't needs to stay out of our lives - for instance, some of us like used hypodermic needles washing up on the beach.


  • TriangleMommy Aug 27, 2009

    Water Skiing is allowed because it is an activity where you head doesn't go under water? Hrmm - must only be advanced skiers only than. I reckon most novice skiers end up under water plenty - even with a life vest. People shouldn't be allowed to do anything that allows them to physically enter that water! YUCK

  • Space Mountain Aug 27, 2009

    This is why I don't go in any lake except for White Lake. All the other ones are nasty.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Aug 27, 2009

    and THIS is the lake we're building our new water treatment facility off of.....may be a little expensive to treat this water!

  • time4real Aug 27, 2009

    why not make it 6! why not KEEP IT CLOSED! Surely no one is going to that cess pool anyway!

  • gsdnc Aug 27, 2009

    OK, I have to ask...are they also testing/inspecting the "Private Owned" lakes in the area who are charging admission to the public: is: Silver Lake and Tucker lake? These lakes are for swimming activities only, and would seem to be a major health issue. How are they treated for bacteria and or other health issues?

    Went to Silver lake this past week and the water had a "funny" smell. Fun place, it would seem, but how do we know it's safe? Are there no requirements or inspections to protect the public in these lakes, as there are in public pools? If not, why........