What's in the downtown splash pad water?

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Rumors have been circulating on social media about the water contamination responsible for the fencing off of the downtown splash pad, but what's the real reason behind its sudden closure?

Barricades separate the public from one of its former recreation hot spots.

The downtown splash pad's been closed for a while now, and many fear it's because of E. coli and other pesky water contaminants.

It wouldn't be a new issue. Just last year, the splash pad was shut down from public use because of positive E. coli testing.

“When you have a facility like that when you have children present and the water is not turning over at a high level like what we see at Lincoln Park, then the chances are greater for that bacteria to become present,” says Rob Schoeber of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation.

Regular testing by city officials - three times a day to be exact - confirms that there were no traces of E. coli in the downtown splash pad in the 2014 calendar year.

However, questionable chemical levels prompted officials to take preventative action to avoid a real problem arising.

Moms are upset about the overcrowding at the Lincoln Park splash pad, but Grand Junction Parks and Rec officials maintain that current splash pad arrangements provide the safest recreation for Grand Valley kids.

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