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They?re a great addition to any aquatic recreation mix, but even though spraypads don?t have standing water, there are several factors that make them an RWI risk.

1 Spraypads are geared toward young children, which means there?s a greater chance of a fecal accident.

2 They generally contain a small volume of water, which can be much harder to treat than the large volumes of water in a traditional pool.

3 It?s common to locate a spraypad at a nonaquatics facilities, which means there?s no controlled access.

4 Few state or local agencies have any regulations that explicitly detail codes for spraypark, or spraypad, design/operation.

5Early on, many operators had the perception that sprayparks are not really aquatic amenities, which likely has contributed to an overarching lack of education and understanding.

6 Many spraypark patrons still are under the misconception that the water is potable, as in a sink or shower. They don?t realize that it may be filtered in the same way as pool water.