Water Quality Testing
The safety of participants is of utmost importance to all parties involved in the organising of the Championships. As such throughout the planning for the event, the Host Organising Committee are working closely with the venue operators to ensure water quality testing, measures and safety messaging are put in place.
The water quality is monitored carefully for indicators of bacteria activity. These indicators are a forecast of the likelihood of the presence of harmful bacteria, the forecast indicators are reviewed against microbiological sample results to monitor their effectiveness.
Water quality testing is undertaken as part of the daily practices at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont Country Park. There are three main ways in which water quality at the venue is tested by the venue operators:
- Microbiological testing – this is a sample taken at least once a week and sent away for laboratory testing. The results are then reviewed against the bathing water quality assessment standards, which although they do not relate directly to the venue, do provide a guide
- Turbidity testing – this is regular testing, taken at least once a day, which gives an instant result. This is then rated on a traffic light system of red >20 PPM, amber 16-20 PPM, green 0-16 PPM
- Visual testing and conditions observation – the course and the weather/river levels are monitored at least daily for water quality indicators. During periods of heavy local rain or a rapid river level rise (especially after a dry period) the water quality can deteriorate at speed. River level and projected levels are available on the Government River Trent Level website
In order to help inform athletes training on the course and for the competition period, we will be sharing the test results below.
The vast majority of water users at the site have no problem at all. It is important that all paddlers take hygiene seriously in order to minimise risks. By remaining mindful and following the tips below the risks are further decreased:
- Limit undue submersion
- Wear a nose clip
- Avoid swallowing the water
- Cover minor scratches or cuts with a water proof plaster
- Wash or shower as soon as possible after water sports and before eating or drinking
- Use footwear to protect your feet
- Rinse equipment with clean water after use
- Clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water
As with all waterways there are unfortunately some people who fall ill. This could be due to the difference in microbiology that you are used to. We often find anyone who does fall ill after paddling on the water, have not followed the above hygiene protocols, as such please ensure you adhere to them. The White Water Centre water quality webpage has information on some of the illnesses. If you are training on the course and unfortunately experience illness please report it using the venue contact form as it is important we know. If you have any questions about the water quality please contact Info.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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