Wilkies Beach In Gray Closes Temporarily Due To E. Coli Contamination

Aug 9, 2018

Another beach is closed emporarily because of E. coli contamination.

This time it's Wilkies Beach in Gray. Dean Bennett, director of parks and facilities in Gray, says a number of factors likely contributed to high levels of the bacteria.

"The weather, the water runoff from the streets that flow into the lake, the geese, the human population, and accidents that happen there,” Bennett says.

Bennett says the location of the lake is also a factor.

"We don't have a true inlet or a true outlet," he says. "So the flushing of the lake doesn't really happen.  It's spring-fed."

E. coli is found in the feces of humans and animals. Several beaches in southern Maine have closed in recent weeks due to E. coli, but experts say levels of the bacteria tend to drop quickly.

Updated 1:00 p.m.