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Spray Park Water Treatment System Design

To integrate the architecture with the landscape, the water treatment system, including a recirculated water cistern, is located in a building basement with no obstructive structures aboveground. Photos courtesy of Waterplay

For family fun and heat relief, spray parks are catching on, and landscape architects are seeking better design from concept through operation and maintenance. Water conservation and safety, including water treatment system design, are particular concerns.

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"As landscape architects, our bias is to stewardship of the land and its resources, including clean water," says Bob Somers, an associate landscape architect at Scatliff, Miller, and Murray, an award-winning landscape architecture and urban design-consulting firm based in Winnipeg, Canada.

Sand filtration, chlorine use, and ultra-violet treatment to kill bacteria enhance the safety and cleanliness of the re-circulated water. While filtration and chlorine are commonly used to sanitize swimming pools, high-intensity, ultra-violet treatment is an even more effective level of protection from potential pathogens in recirculated water.

Scatliff, Miller, and Murray projects show how its water conservation, health, and visual design goals can easily work together. Its Central Park project will create a 5-acre destination playground for an urban Winnipeg community with a 6,500 sq. ft. spray park, soccer field, sledding hill, and other amenities.

To conserve water in the spray park, a combination of high and low-flow spray nozzles will be used, along with a state-of-the-art water treatment, recirculation system. "As we put together ideas of what the spray park will look like, of what the water will do, of how we will incorporate water conservation, Waterplay Solutions Corp. is helping us realize our vision while staying on budget," says Somers.

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December 8, 2019, 7:46 am PDT

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