Rolling View water monitoring to begin

Apr. 26, 2013 @ 05:29 PM

Come on in, the water is fine.

As warmer temperatures settle in and the urge to hit the water to cool off builds, beachgoers frequenting Rolling View Beach on Falls Lake will be able say just that.

Beginning Monday, the Durham County Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health division will begin a water quality sampling program at Durham County’s only public beach in preparation for the swimming season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Preparation for the water quality sampling program began in late 2012, as equipment was tested and sampling runs were conducted to ensure that everything would be set for the start of the 2013 swim season.

“This program will inform interested citizens of the potential risks of swimming in naturally occurring water bodies,” said Robert Brown, environmental health division director.  “When E. Coli bacteria counts exceed the established threshold, the beach will be closed until water quality improves.”

The water will be sampled weekly for E. Coli bacteria levels.  Clearance to reopen the beach will occur when sampling on two consecutive days indicates bacterial levels violate the recommended limit.

The beach is posted with signs describing precautions that can be taken to reduce the possibility of contracting a waterborne illness.

For more information about water quality monitoring in Durham County, contact the Durham County Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health division at (919) 560-7800 or visit www.dconc.gov/publichealth.