Splash parks are artificially created spaces where water is sprayed or splashed onto visitors, but does not accumulate. These interactive parks have gained significant popularity over the last decade, often installed as an alternative to community wading pools. Some parks discharge the sprayed water directly to waste and present a relatively low pathogen exposure risk to their users. However, many collect it in underground tanks, apply some form of water treatment, and recirculate it, which presents an increased risk of users contracting an illness. In some jurisdictions these parks are subject to regulations similar to swimming pools while in others they are not. This session will discuss findings from an evidence review of the risk associated with these recirculating parks, outline the factors that contribute to this risk, and provide an overview of best practices in design and operation that can be used to mitigate the risk.
Number of Week1
Open: November 6, 2017