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Patricia Rotschild of Vortex Aquatic Structures International says splashpads are one of the most sought after park amenities in North America.

These interactive aquatic play areas offer relief from the heat without the associated construction and maintenance costs of a swimming pool.

Most splashpads operate by user-activation, and water is released based on predetermined spray sequences. High-efficiency nozzles and spray heads are used to minimize water consumption, Rotschild says.

There are sustainable options for the use, reuse, and disposal of water consumed.

The Percolation System collects the effluent water, strains it for debris, and transfers it to a containment system. This porous underground reservoir naturally filters the water through the earth, where it eventually makes its way to a nearby pond or wetland, or replenishes the natural water table. Without using any chemicals, the earth acts as a natural bio-filter.

Like the percolation system, a Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation System drains captured water, strains it for debris, and transfers it to a containment system. With an irrigation schedule set up, a pumping station draws water from the reservoir, nourishing the vegetation and returning it to nature.

An Above-Ground Irrigation System allows for above-ground dripping, spray, or surface-flooding options.  Water collected from the splashpads is first accumulated in a holding tank and gradually filtered and disinfected before being transferred to an underground reservoir. The irrigation pumping station draws the clean water from the reservoir at the onset of scheduled irrigation.

Source: Patricia Rotschild, Marketing and Design Specialist, Vortex Aquatic Structures International 

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