2 Falls Lake swimming areas remain closed due to bacteria
Signs and caution tape told people to stay out of the water at the Beaverdam and Holly Point access areas until tests show the water is OK.
Tests detected enterococcus, a bacteria normally found in the feces of humans and many animals, in the water.
The Beaverdam access point is a popular spot for kayaking and boating.
“I don't mind kayaking cause we don't get water in our mouth and that sort of thing,” kayaker Harold Quidley said of the water concerns.
Despite yellow caution tape along the beach area, some visitors with whom WRAL talked with said they were not aware of a "no swimming" advisory.
“I wasn't aware of a swimming advisory,” kayaker Jay Davis said.
At the guard shack, a prominent sign reads "no nadar" in Spanish.
Falls Lake recreation area Superintendent Scott Kershner said that because of a high percentage of Hispanic visitors, who don't speak English,– the "no nadar" or "no swimming" signs are necessary. English-speaking visitors are supposed to be orally told of the advisory when they enter the beach areas, Kershner added.
The Wake County Health Department conducted more tests on Friday; however, the results were not immediately available. Two clean water samples must be collected consecutively within a 24-hour period before the swimming areas can be reopened.
Swimming areas at the Sandling Beach and Rollingview access areas remained open.