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Two Wake County swimming areas closed due to bacteria

Posted May 22, 2009

— Wake County officials closed two recreational swimming areas Friday due to elevated levels of bacteria, based on Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The affected areas are Sandling Beach at Falls Lake State Recreational Area and Camp Kanata Lake, a private lake near Wake Forest. The lakes are not closed to fishing.

"We are trying to prevent people from getting sick, so we'll keep sampling and reopen the lakes for swimming as soon as the levels return to normal," Wake County Environmental Services Director Tommy Esqueda said in a news release.

Two consecutive acceptable samples are required to reopen the lakes, which could be as soon as this weekend, he added.

County officials suggest calling recreational lake facilities to find out if they are open to swimming.

Health officials advise swimmers to always wash hands with soap and water, and thoroughly shower after swimming, tubing or skiing in area lakes.

The county routinely tests recreational lakes for bacteria, including enterococci and E coli.

When bacteria levels exceed EPA standards, the area is closed to "primary contact recreation," which is swimming or any activity where people's heads may go underwater.

The county samples the lakes weekly each summer.


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  • geosol May 22, 2009

    MMMMmmmm...... My drinking water source laced with harmful bacteria. YAY!!!!! Let's build more houses there so we can screw it up even more!!!!!!!!

  • oldrebel May 22, 2009

    Just wondering what the source of the bacterial contamination could be. Let's see...possibly septic tanks from the nearby by rest facilities are leaching into the lake...is there a possibility boats in the area are dumping holding tanks in the lake nearby....Are recreational camper vehicles dumping their tanks illegally nearby...How many other beach areas have elevated bacteria levels , just not high enough to trigger a beach closing? Will this possibly affect other uses of the lake waters...i.e. drinking by cities that use it downstream?

  • time4real May 22, 2009

    mmmmmmmmmmmmm good, more lakes in Wake County where one can swim in their own stew!

  • DougWare.NET May 22, 2009

    Defaecate in the lake? The defaecate in the lake? Are you referring to #1 or #2? Defaecate means #2, I'm pretty sure you mean "void" or simply urinate.

  • Frank Downtown May 22, 2009

    This is why you should only swim in water thats been disinfected with clorine!!!

  • doggie May 22, 2009

    Oh great! I was just up there with my 2 dogs a couple hours ago. They were drinking the lake water like it was the best thing they ever tasted. I wonder if they will get sick???

  • Humungous May 22, 2009

    Geesh, people!

    What y'all been smokin'?

  • beachgal May 22, 2009

    Why is that WRAL now wants to report on this but in 2002 when my whole family got sick from being in the water at Jordan Lake Monica Lalierbete didn't want to report on it? I thought we were going to die.

  • MellowMelnJC May 22, 2009

    I sure am glad I am going to Myrtle!!

    Everyone have a great safe weekend and Don't for get to look twice it might save a life!!!!
    Please watch for motorcycles this weekend!!!

  • dbcooper41 May 22, 2009

    it woulod be nice if they told us what bacteria they detected.