Popular Ohio fountain now requires potty breaks

Kids too busy having fun were relieving themselves

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - "No. 2" has become the No. 1 problem for new public fountain and spray park in Ohio, leading to regular shutdowns so children will go to the restroom.

Bowel movements have closed the popular water attraction in Columbus for cleaning multiple times since it opened last month in the new Scioto (sy-OH'-tuh) Mile park downtown.

The Columbus Dispatch reports officials believe kids too busy having fun are relieving themselves on the spot instead of walking to the bathrooms. So, parks spokeswoman Terri Leist says her department this week came up with a new policy of 10-minute shut-offs for potty breaks every two hours.

Joe Harrod with Columbus Public Health says fecal problems pop up regularly at pools and spray parks. By-the-book cleanup and disinfection can take just 20 minutes.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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