Mecklenburg Commissioners unanimously vote to regulate Whitewater Center


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) — The Mecklenburg County Commissioners unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve regulations for the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Rules will go into effect January 1, 2017 and will include:

• Minimal levels of chlorine in pools
• A secondary type of disinfection for the water
• Daily maintenance and monitoring of sediment buildup in the pools
• Inspection by health officials four times a year

There will also be a $500 annual fee to cover the expense of regular testing

The Whitewater Center CEO Jeffery Wise was also in attendance at the meeting Tuesday for the first time since the amoeba death. Wise said he agreed with the regulations.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center found itself under the microscope this summer following an Ohio teen’s death. 

The girl became ill after contracting a brain eating amoeba not long after she visited the center. Upon further investigating and testing of the water the amoeba was found to be present.

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That prompted a brief voluntary shutdown of the whitewater channel as they conducted a  thorough cleaning and restructured how they process the water.

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