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Lake Wheeler beach reopens

Posted August 30, 2010 9:49 a.m. EDT
Updated August 30, 2010 11:14 a.m. EDT

— Wake County has reopened the recreational swimming areas at Lake Wheeler beach, county officials announced Monday.

The beach was closed Aug. 24 due to elevated levels of the Entercocci bacteria, but was reopened Monday after bacteria levels tested within Environmental Protection Agency standards for two consecutive days.

The county routinely tests recreational lakes for bacteria and when levels exceed EPA standards, the area is closed to “primary contact recreation,” which includes swimming or any activity where a person’s head may go underwater.

The county samples these lakes weekly each summer.