On the eve of the new summer season, holiday plans must be reconcile, more than ever, with health protection rules as well as with the local restrictions.
With the slowdown in the spread of COVID-19 virus, local entertainment and relaxation service providers are preparing to gradually resume work in an attempt to offer attractive deals to those eager to enjoy the summer. However, the risk factors remain a subject that must be treated with extreme caution, and Divertiland has taken all measures on time to guarantee its visitors the safest conditions for spending free time.
In a statement issued in the wake of the epidemic, the European Association of Waterparks (EWA) made a number of scientific arguments in favor of resuming water activities in controlled environments, once the declining trend in the number of new diseases is confirmed.
As stated by EWA, water chlorination is an extremely effective solution against microorganisms, and especially against viruses, being a process widely used by water parks for water purification.
Citing world-renowned doctors, the European Association of Waterparks shows that the risk of Coronavirus contamination in the properly treated water of a swimming pool is very unlikely.
According to the statement, the chlorine and the substances used in the water cleaning process destroy the protective protein coating of the virus in a fraction of a second. In low concentrations, these specific cleaning agents are harmless to humans, but very effective in fighting germs and viruses.
In addition, the exposure of swimming pools to the action of the sun’s rays makes chlorinated water even more a ruthless environment for viral agents.
The water in any pool must be drinkable, says engineer Nikos Giatras, technical director of Divertiland Water Park, in an interview with the local press. Long before a viral epidemic of this magnitude that we went through became a reality, the Greek engineer provided relevant information about the complex methods implemented by Divertiland to filter and treat the water for preventing the spread of diseases.
At Divertiland, the water purification process consists of two crucial phases: filtration and treatment with liquid chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) produced via electrolysis. The more than 1,500,000 cubic meters of water needed for the park are extracted from the groundwater through deep drilling.
Subsequently, flocculent chemical is added to prepare the filtration phase. For effective flocculation the water pH level is regulated to an ideal value between 7.0 and 7.5. The water is then filtered through a 1.2 m thick sand – hydro anthracite multilayer, which also leads to demanganization of the fluid.
Pool water disinfection is achieved by chlorination. Dosing of bleach is conducted via chlorine dosing pumps sized according to the pool demands. Applicable rules dictate 0.5-1.5g Cl2/l of recirculation for open air swimming pools.
Chemical treatment for pool water is conducted automatically and in real time via specialized equipment. The measurement and recording of free chlorine, REDOX(reduction-oxidation) and pH are done continuously for each pool, so that the chlorination level is permanent at the ideal parameters, in accordance with the water temperature.
Correct treatment is ensured via independent (to the recirculation) dosing pumps and separate networks. All water samples will result to the measurement chambers. In order to be relevant, the samples are taken from multiple sectors of the pools.
The whole process involves a considerable consumption of energy and resources, but necessary to protect the health of visitors to the highest possible degree.
Ensuring quality leisure conditions is one of the most important goals of the Divertiland team.
According to a plan that anticipated the recommendations of the European Association of Water Parks, Divertiland will opt for caution in order to reopen. The launch of the 2020 season will have 2 phases:
In the first part of the summer, a stricter limit will be imposed for the number of visitors who can be in the park at the same time. Subsequently, the park will be able to operate at normal parameters when the Coronavirus epidemic will be stopped, but even then, as an additional preventive measure, the sun beds will continue to be grouped in pairs within a radius of 2 m.
At Divertiland, the water quality and visitors’ safety come first!