Frontier City amusement park, which closed Thursday afternoon and Friday morning due to a harmful bacteria found in the water used for drinking and preparing food, has re-opened.
Earlier this week, tests done by state Department of Environmental Quality workers at the 51-year-old amusement park found E. coli, said DEQ spokeswoman Skylar McElhaney.
"If E. coli is present it does not matter how much is there. It could have an adverse health risk and a boil order is necessary," McElhaney said.
The park re-opened at 12:30 p.m. with restrictions on drinking the water or using the water for food preparation, a park spokeswoman said. No water rides will be closed as a result of the contamination.
Andrea Pennock, Frontier City spokeswoman, said park officials closed the theme park in northeast Oklahoma City Thursday afternoon after learning of the test results, and park officials met Friday before deciding to re-open.
Bottled drinks and pre-packaged food will be available for guest purchase, she said.
New mechanical chlorination systems have been installed and all water servicing facilities have been sanitized. Both the water and the facilities will be inspected, she said
"The Department of Environmental Quality is continually working with Frontier City staff to insure the highest water quality for our guests and employees," Pennock said in a statement.
McElhaney said the park was not required to close the gates but must now notify the public of the tests results and that the water is unsafe for human consumption. She said the Oklahoma City-Oklahoma County Health Department will be required to check food preparations at the park.
Meanwhile the park has been required to install a chlorinator, McElhaney said. Then DEQ workers will have to get eight test results to show the water is clean once the chlorinator is working.
She said she did not know of any reports of anyone getting sick from drinking the water at the park.
Pam Williams, spokeswoman for the state Health Department, said her agency has not had any reports of anyone becoming ill from E. coli from drinking water at Frontier City or eating food there.
Oklahoma City-Oklahoma County Health Department workers were also at the park Friday morning, said H.R. Holman, spokesman. He said the park uses well water that has been tested positive for E. coli. He said park officials have been told not to serve ice or water.
"We are out there working with the park," Holman said.
He said no one has reported being sick form water at the park. He said symptoms of being exposed to E. Coli may not show up for 12 to 18 hours after being exposed. He said the park officials called the city-county health department about 4 p.m. Thursday about the test results.
Pennock could not comment on specifics of the water test results but released the following statement:
"Like many in this area, we utilize well water which is quality-tested monthly by the Department of Environmental Quality. Immediately upon notification of unsatisfactory test results on July 30, all use of public water was terminated and, out of an abundance of caution, the park was closed."