Wake County has reopened the recreational swimming areas at Beaverdam, Holly Point North and South and Sandling beaches at Falls Lake. The beaches were closed Tuesday, June 17, 2014, due to elevated levels of the E. coli bacteria, but Beaverdam and Holly Point North beaches were reopened June 20, 2014, Sandling Beach on June 21, 2014, and Holly Point South beach on June 23, 2014, 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 each summer.County staff suggests that residents call their recreational lake facilities to find out if they are open to swimming or visit Wake's Recreational Waters site. People are also reminded to always wash 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.For more information on recreational water illnesses go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site.