Wake County has reopened the Sandling Beach and Beaverdam Beach recreational swimming areas at Falls Lake. The beaches were closed Tuesday, July 23, 2013, due to elevated levels of the E. coli bacteria, but were reopened Thursday, July 25, 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.
More information on recreational water illnesses can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.