Aquatic facilities and parks and recreation departments already employ established checklists and schedules to clean and maintain their Splashpads throughout the season. In light of COVID-19 concerns, we have compiled a list of recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Health Canada to assist you in evaluating your current procedures.
According to the CDC, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in aquatic play areas. If your Splashpad water management system is a:
The CDC suggests that outdoor areas generally require normal routine cleaning but do not require disinfection. It's recommended that you do NOT spray disinfectant on outdoor play areas - it is not an efficient use of supplies and is not proven to reduce risk of COVID-19 to the public. High touch surfaces, such as the water features themselves, should be cleaned routinely.
We encourage you to review your team's protocols and procedures for cleaning public spaces. As an example, consider shutting down your Splashpad at regular intervals during operating hours to thoroughly clean and disinfect indoor water play features, and clean outdoor features.
Note that park and recreation departments and aquatic facilities should follow local, state and provincial guidelines that may determine when and how recreational water facilities may operate.