Drought will force early stoppage at the city's spray parks

Drought will force early stoppage at the city's spray parks »Play Video
FILE -- The spray park at Greystone Park in southwest Bakersfield, Calif., is seen in a photo from the Bakersfield Recreation & Parks Department.
UPDATE (4:12 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014) -- The city of Bakersfield said it planned on shutting down operations at its spray parks on Aug. 1 to comply with emergency drought orders from the State Water Resources Control Board. The state regulations were slated to take effect in early August.

Tuesday, the state announced the new regulations will take effect immediately, so, as a result, Bakersfield said it will stop operating its spray parks Tuesday night.

According to a news release from city attorney Ginny Gennaro's office, "Although it was expected that such use would be discontinued effective August 1, 2014, it is now apparent that the law requires that all City of Bakersfield spray parks close tonight until at least April 25, 2015."

A previous story on the closing of the spray parks is below.

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The state's drought will force the early shutdown of Bakersfield's spray parks.

Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Director Dianne Hoover told Eyewitness News late Tuesday that the spray parks could stop operating Aug. 1. That was made official Wednesday afternoon at a meeting of the board at the Water Resources Department.

The nine city spray parks are free to the public and were slated to remain operational until September.

Hoover said the early shutdown is due to a new state crackdown to conserve water because of the drought. City pools, however, will not be impacted.

Spray parks use potable, or drinking, water, and the state regulations mandate that cities stop using potable water in lakes, spray parks or city pools.