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Pewaukee Beach closed

The beach at Lakefront Park in the Village of Pewaukee is entering its second week of closure because of high levels of E. coli bacteria.

The beach was closed June 24 because of the bacteria levels. The Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department routinely takes water samples at the beach.

Testing has occurred every day since the 24th, except for Sunday, June 27, and bacteria levels remain too high to open the beach to public swimming.

Sources of E. coli can be agricultural runoff, urban stormwater and sewage overflows, wildlife and waterfowl feces.

Although the direct cause of the bacteria cannot be determined at this time, the village received confirmation from the Department of Natural Resources that there was a sewage bypass into the lake on June 23.

The beach will continue to be sampled daily  - except for July 4 and 5, when the lab is closed - until the counts reach an acceptable level.

E. coli can cause nausea, fever and stomach cramps. It is recommended that people do not swim in the water until the E. coli counts reach a safe level.

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