Local News

Falls Lake beach closes due to bacteria

Posted July 21, 2009

— Beaverdam Beach at Raleigh's Falls Lake is off limits to swimmers once again because of elevated levels of bacteria in the water.

Wake County Environmental Services closed Beaverdam Beach on Tuesday. Routine tests showed levels of enterococci, which can cause infections and lead to diarrhea, exceeded standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Enterococci is typically found in the digestive tracts and feces of warm-blooded animals.

Acceptable levels of enterococci should not exceed 60 colony forming units (cfu) per 100 milliliters. At Beaverdam Beach, test found levels over 100 cfu.

“Our goal is to eliminate the potential for citizens to come into contact with excessive levels of bacteria, as that could result in creating illness conditions," Wake County Environmental Services Director Tommy Esqueda said in a statement.

"We will continue to collect water samples on a daily basis for the area and reopen the lake for swimming as soon as the bacteria levels fall below the EPA-established standards."

The lake is still open to fishing, and other swimming areas at Falls Lake remain open.

Beaverdam and Sandling beaches were closed for several days in early July for the same reason. Beaverdam and Holly Point beaches were closed in June of 2008 after tests detected the bacteria.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • sayitoutloud Jul 22, 2009

    WRAL just needs to post when you CAN swim in the lake. It would save them from posting this same story every week.
    People that go to Falls lake....STOP POOIng in the WATER. Its not a big toilet!

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jul 22, 2009

    And people think the ocean is nasty. I'll take my chances with a bazillion gallons of seawater over a nasty sewer lake any day.

  • IdoNOTliveinDurham Jul 21, 2009


  • MamaBearNC Jul 21, 2009

    Surprised they aren't telling us to boil our water as well since our water comes from falls lake

  • Newshound Jul 21, 2009

    been here i hate to break it to you but falls lake and beaver dam are connected by the original spillway when the lakes have moderate levels and not bone dry there is free flow between the two.

    they are only seperated from boat traffic by a wire fence.

  • oneday8035 Jul 21, 2009

    Interesting that they close them during the week saying they are not safe but on weekends when they make more money they are open and safe???

  • Geez Louise Jul 21, 2009

    hahaha...MillerB thinks the GOLO censors are Congress....hahahah....that's a good one!

  • mjeffrey Jul 21, 2009

    why do people swim in this lake anyway?

  • MillerB Jul 21, 2009

    BeenHereSince67- You really think the GOLO censors care about your right for free speech?

  • concerncitizen Jul 21, 2009

    Why in the world would anyone get in that water???? Durham, Raleigh, Cary, etc?