Pewaukee Park and Recreation
Public Beach Information
The beach is closed - thank you for a great summer! Testing will resume after Memorial Day 2013.
Water Quality Sign Postings (IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ!)
Signs will be placed on the lifeguard tower and two lifeguard chairs that will signify the current status of the beach water quality.
A GREEN "good" sign will be posted when E. coli counts are less than 235 units per 100 mL of water; the EPA's good water quality guideline.
A YELLOW "advisory" sign will be posted when E. coli counts are between 235 and 999 units per 100 mL of water. This means that the E. coli levels are elevated however do not warrant closing the beach per the EPA's good water quality guidelines.
A RED "closed" sign will be posted when E. coli counts exceed 1,000 units per 100 mL of water. This means that the counts are too high for safe swimming. The water will be retested daily until the counts reach a safe level and the beach can be reopened.
Monday - Sunday, 10:00-5:00 pm*
*Starting Memorial Day weekend, the beach is open Saturdays and Sundays until mid-June when it opens everyday. The beach no longer has lifeguards on duty after mid-August however the beach is still open to use through Labor Day weekend at your own risk. Also, the Department may close the beach on other dates as deemed necessary.
Water Quality Testing Procedures - Frequently Asked Questions
Why Test the Water?
We are committed to providing our patrons with the best swim experience possible with safety being our first priority. Water quality testing is done weekly. This is done as a precaution to warn beach users when bacteria levels are high and potentially unsafe. Water is also tested after a heavy rainfall. Pollution in beach water may be higher during and immediately after rainstorms because of surface water draining into the beach that includes runoff from all surrounding areas of the lake.
What Do the Tests Show?
Beach water may contatin microorganisms that you cannot see. One of those is E. coli, which is found in the feces of animals, including humans.
What is E. Coli?
E. coli is the abbreviated name for Escherichia coli. The name E. coli encompasses a wide range of bacteria, some of which help us and some of which hurt us. About 0.1% of the total bacteria within an adult's intestines is necessary for us to develop and operate properly. E. coli we acquire from our surroundings can sometimes be harmful to us. The presence of E. coli in swimming areas means that other disease-causing microorganisms may be present as well.
What Illness Can I Get from Swimming in Polluted Water?
Microorganisms found in polluted water can cause flu-like symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and fever. Other germs can cause ear infections, eye infections and skin rashes. Due to the Department's water sampling and beach closing procedures, exposure to potential causes of illness is reduced.
What Causes Beach Pollution?
There are many sources of E. coli bacteria, including animal droppings from birds, dogs, etc., runoff from residential streets and yards and human fecal matter or urination in the water.
More information regarding E. coli can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website. Click this link for more information: www.dnr.wi.gov
Beach Rules and Regulations
1. All persons in the beach area shall obey the lifeguard on duty.
2. No person may utilize flotation devices, flotation water toys or flotation swimwear when using the Village Beach or in the adjacent waters of Pewaukee Lake.
3. No animals are permitted in the park.
4. Swimming at the beach is only permitted in areas specifically designated for swimming.
5. No maneuvering or launching of boats is permitted in the park with the exception of watercraft carried to and launched at the beach without the use of any trailering device.
6. No fishing is permitted in the designated swim areas of Pewaukee Lake.
7. Children less than five (5) years of age must be accompanied by an adult while swimming in the waters of Pewaukee Lake adjacent to the Village Beach.
8. No swimming is permitted from the fishing pier.
9. No docking of boats shall be permitted on the fishing pier.
10. No trespassing shall be permitted on the railroad tracks adjacent to the Village Beach.
11. No open fires or grilling shall be permitted on the Village Beach.
12. No visiting with lifeguards is permitted except in the discharge of their professional duties.
13. If the lifeguard on duty deems swimming unsafe due to weather conditions, water conditions, or other conditions, swimmers must leave the water immediately.
14. Alcohol is NOT permitted on the beach or in the water adjacent to the beach without written approval from the Village of Pewaukee.
98.11(b) The beach area shall be open for use between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm. No one is permitted within the beach area outside of these hours. When no lifeguard is present, swimming will be at the risk of the swimmer.