Frontier City re-opens after E. Coli is found in water

ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: August 1, 2009 at 5:08 pm •  Published: July 31, 2009

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.

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