The Lazy River showed no signs of amoeba cultures, and Naegleria fowleri was only detected in the Cable Park, but Coliforms, E. coli, and Enterococci were found in each attraction. “The presence of fecal indicator organisms (total coliforms, enterococci), viable thermophilic ameba, and high turbidity indicate a treatment failure, and when the water is warm, would create conditions amenable to Naegleria fowleri growth,” reads the two-page report. “Detection of Naegleria fowleri on the property indicates the potential for the amoeba to enter other surface water bodies on the property through various routes (i. e. , soil, run-off, person transfer, etc. ).
The BSR Cable Park’s press release distributed to media and posted on their website, Facebook, and Instagram contradicts the CDC’s report. “Although comprehensive test results have now confirmed that the water at BSR Surf Resort meets every standard for safety,” it reads, “today I am announcing that we are going the extra mile and hiring a North Carolina firm to install a state-of-the-art filtration system to make our water in the surf, on lazy river, and at the Royal Flush slide is as clear and clean as humanly possible.
A Waco Public Health Notice reads as follows: “Results of environmental sampling conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District (WMCPHD) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) found evidence of Naegleria fowleri, a free-living ameba (single celled organism) that causes Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis, a rare and devastating brain infection with an over 97% fatality rate at the BSR Cable Park and Surf Resort (BSR).
According to Stuart Parsons, the owner of the BSR Cable Park, he met with the Health Dept on Friday morning. “They told me test results from surf, river, and slide were negative,” Parsons explained to The Inertia. “Not found. ” And while it is true that Naegleria fowleri was not found in the surf, river, or slide, test results indicated material concerns with the water quality.
The distinction between the Cable Park and the Surf Resort, the Lazy River, and the Royal Flush is an important one. “Let me say that the cable park is a natural body of water,” Craine explained. “It’s not something that is treatable in the same sense that you could go out to your local lake and treat it.
With the contradicting statements in mind, The Inertia contacted Kelly Craine, the Public Health Information Specialist of the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, for some clarity. “At the Surf Resort, the Lazy River, and the Royal Flush, what was found in the report was fecal indicator organisms,” she explained. “That includes coliform, E. coli, and Enterococci.
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