Bretton Water Park shut after antibiotic resistant pathogen found in water
Bretton Water Park has been closed today after an antibiotic resistant pathogen which can cause serious illnesses in humans was discovered in the water.
During routine tests by Peterborough City Council employees yesterday, Tuesday June 22, the bacterium Pseudomonas Aeruginosa was found.
This can cause pneumonia, septic shock, urinary tract infection and soft skin infections.
As a result the water park was closed to ensure all traces of the virus were killed.
A city council spokeswoman said: “We carry out regular tests at Bretton Water Park to ensure that the facility is safe for use. This includes daily checks of chlorine levels and a more detailed check weekly.
“It is thanks to this rigorous testing regime that a test of the water on Tuesday found contamination. As a result the park was immediately closed to the public.
“Super-chlorination, which involves pumping a high dose of chlorine through the system, has taken place to cleanse the system and a further water sample has been sent off for analysis so that we can ensure the system is free of contamination.
“We do not know what caused the contamination although we suspect it may be residue left by slugs.”
“The park will remain closed until we receive test results which confirm the water system is clean.
“We would like to reassure people that we are working to reopen the water park as quickly as possible.”