Bacterial Contamination Cited in Closing of Liquid Planet Water Park Slides

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Article courtesy of Mark Hayward | August 4, 2015 | Union Leader | Shared as educational material

The Shooting Stars, Liquid Planet’s twin speed slides, seen under construction last year. Photo Credit: Union Leader File

CANDIA — The Speed Slides — two 40-foot vertical plunging slides at Liquid Planet Water Park — were shut down by a judge Monday over fears of bacterial contamination, state officials announced on Tuesday.

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster sought the closure after Liquid Planet refused to close the Speed Slides when asked by the state Department of Environmental Services, according to a statement issued by Foster’s office.

A Rockingham County Superior Court judge issued a restraining order on Monday, and it was served that afternoon, said Christopher G. Aslin, an assistant attorney general with the office’s Environmental Protection Bureau.

According to its Facebook page, Liquid Planet was closed Tuesday because of the threat of thunderstorms and the potential for hail.Efforts to reach water park management on Tuesday were unsuccessful.The Speed Slides are new this year, according to the Liquid Planet website.

Aslin said a design flaw prevents water running down the slide from mixing with the larger pool, which has a properly operating filtration and disinfection system. The restraining order only applies to the Speed Slides and does not affect the rest of the park.

The slides will remain closed until Liquid Planet obtains design approval from the DES and demonstrates compliance with water quality standards, Foster’s office said.On July 29, the DES sent Liquid Planet an initial notice of unsanitary levels of coliform bacteria, including E. coli, Aslin said. Levels of E. coli are indicators of possible fecal contamination.

Aslin said the DES followed up on July 30. When Liquid Planet was uncooperative, the state sought the injunction.

“At this point, they are cooperating and working to bring the slides into compliance,” Aslin said.

Officials have not decided whether to seek fines against Liquid Planet, he said.

mhayward@unionleader.com

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