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Water parks go the extra mile to ensure health

Workers check the chlorine levels multiple times a day. Workers check the chlorine levels multiple times a day.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Workers are putting a seasonal shine on everything at Point Mallard getting ready for the summer season.

The season starts Saturday the 26 at 10 a.m. There is more than just a cosmetic effort but a major health checkup as well.

Max Parker, maintenance supervisor, said at the wave pool, careful calculations with the chlorine dispensing machine are already underway. 

"We'll spend a few weeks calibrating and getting it set to run at a perfect level for the pool. After that we test it about three or four times a day," said Parker.

If there are a lot of people in the pools, testing can be as often as every 30 minutes. They want to make certain there are no bacteria to ruin a day of fun.

They use chlorine liquid to control the levels, but if there is an accident, especially in the baby pool, quick action is taken.

"We will clear the pool and at least it will be closed 20 minutes. I like to do it about 30. We'll test the pool, and we will normally put some of our granular chlorine in there and it keeps it real safe," added Parker.

If necessary - they can "shock" the pools with chemicals which can decontaminate the water and bring it back to a safe level.  They take other measures to get rid of bacteria, mold and viruses that may be lurking in out of the way places. 

"We'll lower the pools and bleach them and fill them up again before we open up, but we bleach some stuff," said Parker.

They are looking for a spotless record. 

"We've never had an outbreak out here," added Parker.

With all these safeguards in place, hopes are high that everyone will be able to have a safe, healthy summer.

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