Dudley Park aquatic centre closed for two days - following CDHB advice

The Dudley Park Aquatic Centre has been closed immediately following Ministry of Health advice.

Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) have contacted Waimakariri District Aquatic Facilities as it has been identified there is a local case of cryptosporidium.

Cryptosporidium (also called crypto) is a water born parasite that can give you diarrhoea and sometimes make you feel very sick.

Pool staff were alerted that a local who has this parasite has recently swam at Dudley Park and as such staff have immediately closed the facility. People can become infected when they swallow the parasites – which can be through contaminated water.

Initial advice from the CDHB was to Super-chlorinate all pools, and turn the water over for a minimum of 13 hours.

We supplied them with our water treatment records and information relating to our tertiary UV treatment and subsequently they have advised us that we are safe to open once the Chlorine level comes back down, which means we will be opening as normal Saturday 1 February at 7.30am.

If you are feeling unwell and have recently been swimming at Dudley Park talk to your doctor/GP.

More information about cryptosporidium, including symptoms, can be found online - https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/communicable-disease-control-manual/cryptosporidiosis.