Falls Lake beach closed due to elevated bacteria levels - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Falls Lake beach closed due to elevated bacteria levels

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The Sandling Beach swimming area at Falls Lake is closed due to elevated levels of bacteria.

The lake is not closed to fishing and other swimming areas at Falls Lake will remain open.

Wake County routinely tests recreational lakes for bacteria and when bacteria levels of E.coli exceed EPA standards, the area is closed to "primary contact recreation."

Acceptable levels of E.coli should not exceed 235 cfu per milliliter -- 261.3 cfu per milliliter were found at Sandling Beach.

County staff will continue to collect water samples on a daily basis for the closed areas. After two consecutive days of water samples meeting the standards, the beach will be reopened.

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