Legislators want the government to establish a new hygiene benchmark for amusement parks after a report accused Disney's new water attraction of containing excessive bacteria at an "astonishing level."
Test results from a government- accredited laboratory indicated bacteria found in a sample taken by a newspaper reporter at Disneyland's UFO Zone attraction on July 21 was 5,000 times the current standard for swimming pools.
The E.coli bacteria was also found in the water sample.
Disney director of park operations Andrew Bolstein would not comment on the report other than to say the park's weekly tests show water quality is safe. The theme park conducted four tests since UFO Zone opened on July 13 using another government-accredited laboratory, including one just an hour before the test reported by Ta Kung Pao newspaper.
"All of our tests met safety standards," Bolstein said.
The results from Disney's tests showed the water at UFO Zone contained less than one colony forming unit per 100 milliliters of E.coli and contained less than 200 cfu/ml of other bacteria, Bolstein added.
No complaint had been received from visitors since the attraction opened, he said.
A Food and Environmental Hygiene Department spokesman said water quality at UFO Zone was not regulated by any law.
"Current laws only regulate drinking water and swimming pools. UFO Zone is none of them," the spokesman said. Disney's government-issued license requires that the attractions are clean without giving standards, he said.
The Legislative Council's food safety and environmental hygiene panel chairman, Fred Li Wah-ming, said: "The government should set a new standard to regulate this kind of attraction."
The FEHD spokesman said it will consider setting up a new standard after it discusses the situation with Disney.