Commit To Be Fit: Clean Water at Sprayparks A Top Priority For Health Officials

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As your kids Commit To Be Fit outdoors this summer, pools and spray parks are a great place to be active.  In response, Columbus Public Health is keeping kids on the move where water is the attraction.

At the height of summer, a valid concern for parents is water safety at spraygrounds.  Joe Harrod of Columbus Public Health Department says it’s a challenge during hot days because spraygrounds are in high demand.

At Bicentennial Park, 90,000 gallons of water flow as constantly as kids’ smiles.  It is maintained by the Columbus Recreation & Parks, while the Department of Public Health routinely makes unaccounted inspections.

10TV was along for the ride during an inspection, which takes place two stories below ground.

Herrod says it’s important to make sure the system is working properly to make sure everyone is healthy and safe.

During the cleaning process, dirty water enters into the pump room while filters begin the cleaning process.  Those filters capture larger items like leaves, bark and even pieces of candy.

Later in the process, things like body oils and finer dirt are also cleared out.  The water then seeps through sand, concentrated bleach and heads off to be disinfected with chlorine, much like a pool.

Herrod says the spraygrounds also have some familiar rules for safety.  "(Children) have bathroom breaks, so they're not just holding it until it's too long.”

As the process comes full circle, the clean water comes shooting back to the surface, all to make sure that the water is nothing to be afraid of while you Commit To Be Fit.

Columbus Public Health has over 800 pools and splash parks to inspect. One official tells 10TV your child is more likely to bump into another kid and get hurt while splashing around than get ill from any problems with the water.