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Wake County News > Posts > Wake Reopens Water Skiing and Tubing Areas at Lake Wheeler
June 27
Wake Reopens Water Skiing and Tubing Areas at Lake Wheeler
Wake County has reopened the recreational skiing and tubing areas at Lake Wheeler. The areas were closed Tuesday, June 24, 2014, due to elevated levels of the E. coli bacteria, but reopened June 27, 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 people 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 visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site.

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