Three Wake County beaches closed due to E. coli bacteria levels

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Wake County has closed three recreational swimming areas at Falls Lake due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria.

Wake County has closed three recreational swimming areas at Falls Lake: Sandling Beach, Beaverdam Beach and Holly Point Beach, due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria.

The County samples the lakes weekly each summer.

"We want to ensure people don't come in contact with high levels of bacteria that could result in illness. We will continue to collect water samples in order to reopen the beaches for swimming as soon as the bacteria levels within the EPA-established standards," said Kathryn Hobby, Wake County Environmental Services Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

Hobby said two consecutive days of acceptable bacteria levels are required to reopen the beaches.

The lake is not closed to fishing or boating activities outside of the designated swimming areas.

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