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Posted on: August 6, 2018

SPLASH PAD HOURS REDUCED AT ROBINSON PARK AS A SAFETY PRECAUTION

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Until further notice, the Splash Pad at Robinson Park will close at 6 p.m. as a safety precaution in order to reduce exposure to mosquitos that may carry the West Nile virus. The Williamson County and Cities Health District recommended reducing the hours at the Splash in response to a positive test for West Nile Virus during recent routine testing. The area is scheduled for spraying August 7 - 9, and the City of Taylor has adjusted the splash pad hours as a safety precaution in accordance with their advice.   

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The City and the Health District are encouraging everyone to be especially vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquito bites and preventing mosquito breeding on their personal property. Even small amounts of standing water and high temps are prime breeding conditions for mosquitoes. Eliminating places where mosquitoes can breed and reducing the chances of mosquito bites are the most effective lines of defense against exposure to West Nile Virus.

 As part of its Fight the Bite campaign the Health District recommends the 3Ds of mosquito safety: 

1. Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes or clogged gutters so mosquitoes don’t have a place to breed and treat water that can’t be drained, 

2. Defend by using an EPA-approved insect repellent, and 

3. Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors. 

There have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Williamson County since 2016. 

For more information about West Nile Virus visit www.wcchd.org or www.txwestnile.org. For more information on the Williamson County and Cities Health District mosquito management program, visit the Williamson County and Cities Health District website at www.wcchd.org.  

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