E-coli threat halts swimming at Tobesofkee’s Claystone Beach

The water at Claystone Beach at Lake Tobesofkee is closed to swimmers after a water test showed elevated levels of e-coli bacteria.

Macon-Bibb County spokesman Chris Floore said although there was no mandatory order to shut down, the county decided to close the public swimming area at Claystone as a precaution while awaiting results of a second test, which are due back Saturday.

“The Macon Water Authority recommended a second test,” Floore said. “There’s not a cause for concern.”

Samples from Arrowhead Beach and Sandy Beach were within normal levels, so swimming is allowed at Arrowhead.

Sandy Beach remains closed for construction of the water park.

Sunbathers will be allowed on the beach, but lifeguards will not allow anyone in the water, Floore said.

The county tests water at the public swimming areas every two weeks, Floore said.