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Falls Lake beaches closed due to bacteria

Posted May 25, 2010 5:07 p.m. EDT

— Beaverdam and Sandling beaches at Raleigh's Falls Lake are off limits to swimmers because of elevated levels of bacteria in the water.

Wake County Environmental Services closed the beaches on Tuesday after routine tests showed elevated levels of enterococci, bacteria which 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. The county must find two straight days of acceptable levels before the beach can be reopened to swimmers.

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