Juanita Beach in Kirkland reopens after high levels of bacteria

Jun 28, 2023, 8:09 AM | Updated: 8:10 am

Juanita Beach Kirkland...

Kirkland's Juanita Beach is closed. (City of Kirkland)

(City of Kirkland)

Update 6/28 8:09 a.m.:

It’s safe again to swim at Kirkland’s Juanita Beach after it was closed for six days due to elevated bacteria levels.

Water officials with King County conducted tests Monday and Tuesday and found the waters were again safe for recreational use.

City lifeguards will be back at Juanita Beach starting at noon Wednesday.

Original 6/22:

The water near Kirkland’s Juanita Beach is too dangerous for swimming after officials found dangerous levels of bacteria in the waters.

The beach is shut down for at least a week because that part of Lake Washington is testing too high for some bacteria that can be a problem for people and pets.

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The beaches will be closed for at least a week, and signs will be posted in the area to warn people about the dangerous bacteria.

“Water quality staff from the King County Water and Land Resources Division tested the water recently and found that the levels of bacteria at the beach exceeded the thresholds for bacteria based on the average of the last three tests,” Kirkland city officials said in their announcement.

The swimming area will be reopened when bacteria levels return to a safe number.

Full updates on the beaches on Lake Washington can be found here.

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Juanita Beach in Kirkland reopens after high levels of bacteria