1 Spray cannons and other splashpad
amenities are designed to shoot water into kids?
faces. While fun, this also encourages swallowing of water,
which leads to RWIs if the water is improperly treated.
2 Overspray and splashing can create a
muddy area around the spraypad. That in turn gets tracked
onto the pad and drains into the system. Mud, grass and
debris can clog up filters and stop water from being
3 Other spraypark features drench
children with water. This is the equivalent of taking a
shower. That water then is drained into the surge tank and
recirculated throughout the spraypark, potentially
infecting other patrons.
4 Some spraypark features include
bubblers, which invite children to squat over them. It is
not uncommon to see diapered children doing this. Fecal
contaminants are one of the main causes of RWIs.
5 Water collected in surge tanks is
short-cycled and does not get treated properly. This water
then is pumped back through the system and the play
features, leading to potential transmission of RWIs. This
is the result of having few good codes or design criteria
for spraypark turnover rates. Turnover rates based on pools
aren?t high enough for the small amount of water in
6 Pumps and filters often are
improperly sized for the user load and not adequate to
maintain water quality. As a backup, the state of New York
is requiring ultraviolet sanitation, but even that is not