Since it debuted in 1984, Six Flags White Water has been a big part of the Atlanta metro area. But a few months ago, operation
this summer came into question because of the major drought
gripping the Southeast region. Today, thanks to some
forward-thinking changes, the crowds are coming and water is
flowing as usual — almost.
The park has committed to a 10 percent water reduction this season,
according to Public Relations Manager Hela Sheth.
“We’re looking at it from a conservation
standpoint,” Sheth says. “We can still provide the
water fun for the public while saving water, and the guests appreciate that.”
To keep the various attractions running, operators implemented
several measures: They updated all bathhouses, installing low-flow
toilets, sinks and showers. They also created a water-conservation
committee to help spread the message to all employees, and
commissioned the digging of a well to provide more water for the
park, supplementing city supplies. As of press time, the new well
was expected to be online before the end of the season.
Water conservation changes at Six Flags White Water and its sister
theme park totaled approximately $250,000, Sheth says. That’s
money well spent for guests wanting to experience the more than 20
attractions. These include the 90-foot-tall Cliffhanger free-fall
slide; the 700,000-gallon Atlanta Ocean wave pool; family raft
slides such as Caribbean Plunge, Dragon’s Tail and Gulf Coast
Screamer; and three children’s play pools.
OWNER: Six Flags Inc.
YEAR OPENED: 1984
SIZE: 45 acres
SIGNATURE ATTRACTIONS: Tornado funnel slide
FUN FACT:White Water has not removed any rides since opening in ’84; in fact, it’s added more.
NO. OF LIFEGUARDS:More than 150