Splash pads are everywhere, and little kids love them. These special playgrounds are dotted with nozzles that spray water into the air, and the designs often include whimsical interactive features shaped like flowers, hoops and sea animals. Little water, if any, pools on the surface, making splash pads, or spraygrounds, a popular alternative to swimming pools because they don’t require lifeguards.

But cities and other splash pad operators shouldn’t let their guard down. The tragic death of a child who became infected with a rare disease after playing at a contaminated Arlington splash pad should prompt municipal and county leaders across North Texas to check on their cities’ aquatic features.

This editorial reprinted from Friday's edition of The Dallas Morning News.

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