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Elizabeth Quay water park to be closely monitored following re-opening

Posted by on 18/07/2018

The water park at Elizabeth Quay, Perth. Photo: Supplied This Cottesloe family was unimpressed to find a bone-dry Elizabeth Quay water park earlier in the year. Photo: Ray Sparvell

The Department of Health has given the troubled BHP Billiton Elizabeth Quay water park the green light to go ahead with its plans to open again this summer.

The $13 million park was shut down by the department in the beginning of the year in response to potentially harmful bacteria found in the water.

The department has since re-issued the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s permit to operate earlier this week, and it is understood the park could re-open as early as this week.

A department spokesperson said it would make sure the water park continued to comply with its health standards and water quality baselines.

“The Executive Director Public Health may require additional monitoring deemed to be necessary to protect public health,” they said.

Earlier this year, a Perth family claimed their five-year-old girl was allegedly left partially blind in one eye from an infection following a visit to the water park.

The Department of Health was responsible for the closure, citing “non-compliant microbiological results”.

MRA chief executive officer Kieran Kinsella said the authority had made a number of improvements ‘above and beyond’ the requirements of the Department of Health’s Code of Practice.

“[We have] increased the number and filters used, substantially increased the capacity of the balance tank, installed new ultraviolet equipment, added an extra pump [and made] other functional improvements- including changes to the water park programming and maintenance schedules,” he said.

The water park must abide by the Health (Aquatic Facilities) Regulations 2007 and the Code of Practice for the Design, Operation, Management and Maintenance of Aquatic Facilities.

According to the code, the MRA must keep records of its water testing and maintenance procedures from the water park for at least two years, and they must be produced at the request of an Environmental Health Officer.

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