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A waterpark in Ilocos Norte is set to open, but there will be no swimming.

Despite an earlier caution to avoid “water contact activities” due to the presence of E. coli bacteria, the provincial government of Ilocos Norte said on Friday that its Paoay Lake waterpark will open on January 30.

The provincial government was issued an Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), according to a statement, however, this was before water tests revealed the lake had a high degree of contamination and is unsafe for swimming.

Victor Dabalos, the provincial environment, and natural resources officer certified that the waterpark may open without “bathing activities.”

“Our regional office asked us to watch the opening on Sunday afternoon and submit our observations to the region following the activities,” Dabalos added.

In a phone interview, Aianree Raquel, the head of the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office, emphasized that guests can still have fun and enjoy the waterpark without going into the lake.

“Aside from the inflatable island, the waterpark will provide a variety of entertaining activities,” Raquel explained.

The management also stated that precautions against coronavirus sickness in 2019 will be taken.

The inflatable island, over a hundred Bali-inspired umbrellas, and bean bags are now up for photo opportunities at the waterpark.

The management is selling play pass tickets with a PHP200 reduction from the initial promo pricing of PHP349 for two hours, PHP399 for half-day, and PHP499 for a full day pass to encourage more residents to see the largest floating playground in Northern Luzon.

The PHP26.1 million waterpark is expected to draw visitors and increase investment opportunities in the area.

According to the Paoay Lake water quality monitoring report and laboratory analysis results from January 21, the lake water is significantly contaminated with E. coli bacteria, exceeding the “standard for Class C waters,” and is unfit for swimming.

E. coli bacteria can be found in the environment, foods, and people’s and animals’ intestines.

The presence of bacteria at one test station ranging from 5,400 mpn (most probable number) to 160,000 mpn in another suggests “the area is only good for fishing and boating.” “, Dabalos previously stated.

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