Keep the waters safe to swim in

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Fourteen children are recovering in a hospital with chemical burns following an equipment malfunction at an Indiana water park.

The glitch caused a dangerous increase in the chlorine levels of the water. That water park has since been closed indefinitely.

Newschannel 6 spoke with officials at Castaway Cove Waterpark to learn how they prevent incidents like this from happening.

"My number one job is swimmer safety," said David Maywald, maintenance supervisor of Castaway Cove Waterpark.

Maywald oversees water quality for the park making the water safe and sanitary for park-goers to swim in.  According to him, the park follows recommendations made by the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health Department as well as CDC guidelines when it comes to treating and monitoring anything that should happen to the water.

"We manually test the water every two hours while swimmers are here, and we make sure the water levels are balanced before we open and close," said Maywald.

There's even a digital monitor hooked up to all the pools that can send notifications to Maywald's cell phone should any of the levels start to become too high or low.

"If it falls outside of a safe range, we will not allow swimmers in the water.  There're a lot of fail safe's, but if I don't do my job, we don't open," said Maywald.

The park is open during the week 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can get a look at weekend and holiday hours by clicking HERE!

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