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WA water park open 10 months after scare

AAP logoAAP 21/12/2016 Rebecca Gredley

Perth's $13 million water park has finally reopened 10 months after it was embarrassingly shut down due to a public health scare.

The park was closed in February only weeks after opening when testing found unsafe levels of bacteria in the pipes.

Some parents said their children had complained of rashes and skin irritations and one family blamed the water park on causing their five-year-old daughter to suffer a serious eye infection.

The water park carries the name of resources giant BHP Billiton, which contributed $10 million to it, and is based at Elizabeth Quay on the Swan River.

It has had a $290,000 face lift, including improvements to filtration, a new pump, UV equipment, a bigger water tank and new mosaic tiles, says Health Minister John Day.

The bacteria was blamed at the time by the government's Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority on higher-than-expected numbers of children using the water park at the time.

Mr Day said on Wednesday he had absolute confidence in the safety of the water.

He even drank some of it in front of the media and said he would encourage his three-year-old grandson to visit the park.

"I think people can have absolute confidence in what is provided here as a result of the very thorough evaluation and approval process the Department of Health has put in place," he said.

A day before the park was initially opened in January, a non-disease causing amoeba was detected in the water, but the Health Department issued a certificate allowing operation of the playground an hour before the opening after a clean-up.

In February bacteria was found in the water and amoebae was detected in waste discharge pipes, causing temporary closures.

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