PORTER, Ind. (June 21, 2017) – A Porter, Indiana water park has been shut down indefinitely after at least 10 children suffered chemical burns due to over-chlorination of the park’s water.
Seven Peaks Water Park on U.S. 20, just west of Ind. 49, was shut down Monday after reports two children received chemical burns over the weekend. However, Porter County Health Department officials told the Northwest Indiana Times the number of children suffering from chemical burns has climbed to 10.
Inspectors with the health department found several violations during an inspection Monday morning, including problems that could have closed the park until they were rectified. Officials say the park opened Thursday and did not have a water sample tested before it opened or an inspection, both of which are required under state law.
Health Department officials say equipment that reads and responds to the need for chlorine in the water malfunctioned, pumping too much of the disinfecting chemical into the water in the children’s area. Too little chlorine can promote the growth of bacteria, too much can cause chemical burns. When that equipment is broken, there is no way of knowing whether there is too much or too little chlorine in the pool.
The Health Department says this is the first time the park has had issues since its opening in 2013.
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Parents who took their children to the park reported their children complained of pain and burning after getting out of the park’s water. One mother told the Northwest Indiana Times she was offered a deal on floaties when she complained to workers.
Seven Peaks, which has three other locations in Utah, will remain closed until the park is brought to compliance by their parent company.