Wake shuts three Falls Lake beaches because of bacteria

From staff reportsJune 18, 2014 

— Swimmers have been ordered to stay out of the water at three Falls Lake beaches because tests showed excessive bacteria levels, Wake County health officials said Wednesday.

Sandling, Beaverdam and Holly Point beaches were closed after routine weekly tests found bacteria above federal Environmental Protection Agency standards, an announcement from the county said.

The ban applies to “contact” activities, which the county said means “any activity where your head may go underwater.”

Kathryn Hobby, an environmental health specialist at Wake County Environmental Services, said the county will keep testing the water at the three beaches and will reopen them when readings are below the danger level for two days in a row.

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