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Local Water Parks Conserve During the Drought

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Water parks requiring thousands of gallons of water a day are still opening their gates this season despite the drought. But that doesn't mean they aren't conserving water.

"The cleaner you can keep your water, the less water you have to add to your system."

Instead of constantly adding new, fresh water, Wild Island Adventure Park uses a special filtering system to recirculate water. 

"All our water ends up in one area and they go through these two filters. But before it goes back out to the system, we hit it with ultra violet light," said Scott Carothers, the general manager for Wild Island. 

The ultra violet lamps kill germs, bacteria, and anything else inside the water. 

"It's like a tanning bed for water. So basically in this right here, there's a circular stainless steel system and its full with UV lamps. So as the water passes through that section, the uv lamps hits that water," said Carothers. 

Wild Island has also converted over to timed faucets in their bathrooms. You may notice water catch basins off the roof to catch water. And the grass lawns that used to be lush and green are now concrete or artificial turf.

But they're not the only ones taking a proactive approach during this drought.  Washoe County splash parks are using water captured through their drain system. They say they use less water than a typical swimming pool. Only 20 percent of water is evaporated, so they don't have to add much water.

Jennifer Budge, Park Operations Superintendent for Washoe County said, "We do use very little water. It seems like a lot because its recirculated in the system. We actually have very little evaporation with it and its much better than playing in sprinklers in your yard or those that do pop up swimming pools in their yards."

Wild Island is already open and Washoe County splash parks open June 13. 
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