Local water parks prepare to open amid drought

When temperatures rise during the summer months, water parks are a popular way to cool off.

Amid a worsening drought, park owners say they are recycling their water to conserve as much as possible.

The Ravine Water Park in Paso Robles uses about half a million gallons of water to fill the five pools.

“All the water in our pool is recycled – filtered, cleaned, UV-lit and reintroduced,” Brett Butterfield, owner of Ravine Water Park, told KSBY.

The paddling pool’s water filtration system runs every forty-five minutes, he told us. For the largest pool, the cycle takes about three hours.

Butterffield says the waterslides at Ravine Water Park use between 1,500 and 3,000 gallons per minute.

“[The water] must be reused, and all [the water] will be filtered,” he said. “At the end of the day, we have backwash water at the end, the water that is ultimately dirty. […] We use it for dust control in our car parks.”

Park owners say the water is only used when the park is open, which is about three months a year.

“The drought hasn’t really affected us,” Butterfield said. “They asked us to do landscaping on certain days. If it doesn’t affect us at all, we just have a lot of grass that’s almost gone now. Everything is on a drip. So that’s not a problem for us.”

As of June 2021, the park had approximately 2,000 to 2,500 visitors each day.

The park is open the next two weekends and will be open daily from June 11. Mustang Water Park near Lake Lopez opens this weekend.

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