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Falls Lake swimming areas reopen

Posted July 10, 2009

— Wake County officials have reopened the recreational swimming areas at Beaverdam and Sandling beaches at Falls Lake after bacteria levels tested within Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for two consecutive days, officials said Friday.

The beaches at the lake were closed on July 7 to swimmers due to high levels of enterococci, which can cause infections and lead to diarrhea. Enterococci is typically found in the digestive tracts and feces of warm-blooded animals.

Sandling Beach was also closed for several days in May for the same reason, and Beaverdam Beach was previously closed as recently as June 29 and had reopened July 2.

Wake County Environmental Services officials said samples of these lakes are taken weekly each summer.

Citizens are reminded to always wash their hands with soap and water, and thoroughly shower after swimming, tubing or skiing in lakes.


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  • ranger4702 Jul 10, 2009

    Both swim areas are back open.

  • curiousgeorgia Jul 10, 2009

    Gahh, that water looks so yucky from the air. Eww, we need stricter controls and more filtration plants. Makes me want to just bathe in Evian water.

  • JQ Public Jul 10, 2009

    WARNING: Do Not Get In Fall Lake!!!!! No Swimming!!!! Don't Eat the Fish!!!! If you do, then you are Dumber that the folks that are going to tell you it is safe.

  • sayitoutloud Jul 10, 2009

    If the water is too contaminated to swim in, I sure as heck wouldnt be catching fish out of it to eat!

  • Commonscents Jul 10, 2009

    Hi Beau, What actions are being taking to avoid recurrence? Please include this information in your next report the next time they close the beaches again - should be pretty soon....

    Thanks in advance.

  • tgw Jul 10, 2009

    Local toilet plus Durham just does not understand how much "stuff" they dump into the lake. This bacteria does not travel upstream. SO where is it coming from? Durham!!!

  • whatelseisnew Jul 10, 2009

    So people are using falls lake directly as a toilet. Is that really surprising?

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jul 10, 2009

    After what happened to that teen in Spring Lake, I will stick with a pool. Lakes in NC are just NASTY....

  • csswisher Jul 10, 2009

    Don't believe you will be seeing me at these nasty places anytime soon.....

  • mstan Jul 10, 2009

    Didn't they just open the beach to swimmers for the 4th? If it is dirty again this soon, I don't believe I will be swimming there at all.