Possible contamination from irrigation pond at Water World prompts health warning


FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. – Health officials are warning of potential contamination at Water World.

According to a release from the Tri-County Health Department, a power outage and subsequent repair of a broken valve at Water World in Federal Heights likely allowed water from an irrigation pond to flow into the domestic water supply.

Health officials said the untreated water might have affected drinking fountains, ice, drinks, and food sold and consumed at the water park from Monday to Wednesday. The untreated water may have also affected water in some of the swimming pools at the park.

The affected area was limited to the Water World location, and there was no impact to the City of Federal Heights water distribution system.

Untreated water could be contaminated with the norovirus, giardia, E. coli, cryptosporidium, and hepatitis. There are no reported illnesses at this time, the release said.

“The problem has been corrected, so any possible exposure was limited to those three days. We are notifying the public out of an abundance of caution so that guests can be aware of any symptoms from ingesting untreated water,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department.

Anyone experiencing symptoms who visited Water World on June 11, 12, or 13 should call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at 303-692-2700; and then contact their healthcare provider.

Water World will be closed Thursday and will reopen on Friday.

Several agencies, including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, are investigating the incident.