Kings Island closes Soak City Friday for ‘potential water quality issue’

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LEBANON, Ohio (WDTN) – Closed due to a ‘potential water quality issue,’ King’s Island’s Soak City is closed Friday.

“Kings Island utilizes redundancy in ensuring water quality using both chemical and UV treatments. There are no indications that our water quality is contaminated, but we are taking an abundance of caution,” said Don Helbig, Public Relations Area Manager for Kings Island.

2 NEWS asked, but Helbig wouldn’t comment on whether or not the health threat was linked to Cryptosporidiosis, or ‘Crypto.’ Cases of Crypto have dramatically increased in the Columbus area, prompting closures of pools, fountains and splash pads there.

Crypto is a germ that causes diarrhea.

2 NEWS has reached out to the Warren County Health Department, and we’ll let you know when we hear back.

Meantime, Columbus public health officials are calling for safety measures residents can take to reduce the spread of the illness. When heading to a spray fountain, pool or water park:

  • Do not swim when you have diarrhea and for two weeks after you recovered.
  • Do not pee or poop in the water.
  • Take a shower/bathe before going in the water.
  • Wash hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing diapers and before eating.
  • Change diapers in a bathroom and not by the pool.
  • Take kids on frequent bathroom breaks and check diapers often.
  • Avoid swallowing any water and keep it out of your mouth.

Soak City Water Park will be open to the public Saturday.

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