Wake County has reopened the recreational swimming areas at Beaverdam and Sandling beaches at Falls Lake. These beaches were closed Friday, June 14, 2013, due to elevated levels of E. coli and enterococci bacteria, respectively, but were reopened Monday, June 17, 2013, after bacteria levels tested within Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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 during the summer.
For the latest information on temporary closures and reopenings of beaches and lakes in the County due to elevated bacteria levels, people are asked to visit the Wake County Recreational Waters website.
People are also reminded to always wash their hands with soap and water, and thoroughly shower after swimming, tubing or skiing in area lakes to reduce chances of contracting a recreational water illness.