We all expect Holiday Park drinking water quality at to be healthy and wholesome, and usually it is. But it can quickly go wrong! Different seasons throw up different problems. The same water park may have great water during the summer and poor water in the winter.
Holiday Parks are great places to have fun, relax and enjoy the countryside but for some people this turns out to be bad for their health.
The water systems are designed so that they can cope at the height of summer when the park is packed with holiday makers and owners. The problems occur in the low season when the occupancy falls to 10% and many areas of the park are empty. The water stagnates in the pipes and the quality degrades. Hooking up touring vans or relocating static vans gives rise to water quality issues too if simply hygienic procedures are not followed.
For some elderly folk or those with a compromised immune system this can cause upsets tummies or even much worse.
We love the countryside because of it’s full of nature like birds and foxes and insects. These lovely creatures happily poo and pee in the great outdoors and in turns this sustains other wildlife and bacteria. The actions of the wind, rain and thousands of feet/paws break these substances down into small fragments. These minute lumps of poo get dispersed just about everywhere.
Whenever your pipe or fittings come in contact with the earth, even for a second, they will pick up some of these fragments. Did you know that birds and their droppings can carry over 60 diseases? Add to that the dangers from fox poo and Weil’s disease from rats and suddenly it makes sense to be cautions and practice basic hygiene measures.
These outdoor taps also attract birds and insects as the ground below them is always wet from spilled water. It’s not uncommon to see birds sitting on the tap and getting a drink from a dripping tap. A simple daily spray with alcohol or diluted bleach will keep pathogen bacteria levels substantially lower.
Holiday Park owners need a robust maintenance structure for cleaning and flushing taps. Checking if your maintenance regime is working is easy. Use AquaCert’s test kits to check if your drinking water meets current standards.