In response to a recent spraypark outbreak, New York has
issued a controversial emergency health code that requires
ultraviolet disinfection systems.
The code, which went into effect in January, was issued
in response to thecryptosporidium outbreak at
Seneca Lake State Park spraypark in Geneva, N.Y., last
summer. The outbreak sickened nearly 4,000 people and
sparked a class action lawsuit.Crypto was found in
the park?s holding tanks.
Along with requiring UV systems, the code requires that
parks using recycled water obtain health permits and
install signs telling patrons with diarrhea to keep out of
the area. They also must fence parks to keep animals
But it?s the UV requirement that has some
manufacturers concerned. They say UV systems cannot kill
everything, including biofilms that protectcrypto
from being treated adequately.
In addition, manufacturers are worried that the high
cost of UV may be too much for smaller spraypark
Health officials disagree. ?Protecting the
public?s health is our No. 1 priority,?
said Jeffrey Hammond, New York Department of Health
spokesperson. ?UV is the most effective method for
Hammond added that UV is the ?industry
standard? for eradicating biofilms and the state
does not intend to shut down parks.
Others are unsure of the best protocol. ?I think
[UV] is one valid approach for handling the issue of
crypto,? said Shawn DeRosa, consultant with the
Aquatic Safety Research Group, LLC, in Boston. ?The
challenge is managing the risk the cost of
installation, operation and use to spraypark
He added that education would also be effective in
preventing future outbreaks.
Cryptosporidium is a parasite that causes
vomiting, diarrhea, fever, weight loss and other symptoms.
It can be spread through fecal matter introduced into a
recreational water setting and takes nearly a week to be
destroyed by chlorine.