‘Code browns’ close pop­u­lar new pool

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - FELIC­ITY REID

Poo and vomit in­ci­dents reg­u­larly close fa­cil­i­ties at a new pub­lic pool on Auck­land’s North Shore on av­er­age more than once a week, de­spite a tar­geted hy­giene cam­paign.

Auck­land Coun­cil said there have been 24 pool clo­sures for bio­haz­ards, in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to poo in­ci­dents, at Al­bany Sta­dium Pool since Oc­to­ber. By com­par­i­son, west Auck­land’s WestWave pool has had six code browns so far this sum­mer.

The leisure pool and tod­dlers pool were both closed for pe­ri­ods of time on Fe­bru­ary 10 and Fe­bru­ary 11 fol­low­ing vom­it­ing/fae­cal in­ci­dents, and swim­mers have ex­pressed frus­tra­tion at the reg­u­lar­ity with which the pools are un­us­able.

One frus­trated mum, who tried to take her daugh­ter to Al­bany Sta­dium Pool on both days dur­ing the lat­est in­ci­dent, is a fan of the fa­cil­i­ties but not the way staff are cop­ing with reg­u­lar code browns.

‘‘They’re los­ing a lot of money, an­noy­ing a lot of fam­i­lies and deal­ing badly with a sim­ple sit­u­a­tion.’’

Al­bany Sta­dium Pool, which opened in Jan­uary 2017, was closed for main­te­nance for most of Oc­to­ber and, when the site re­opened, the coun­cil launched a hy­giene ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s head of ac­tive re­cre­ation Rob McGee said as well as gen­eral hy­giene, the cam­paign fo­cuses on re­mind­ing par­ents that, at coun­cil-run pools, chil­dren 3 years and un­der must wear swim nap­pies.

‘‘There is a strong proac­tive fo­cus on prevent­ing bio­haz­ards ’’

‘‘There is a strong proac­tive fo­cus on prevent­ing bio­haz­ards so there is min­i­mal dis­rup­tion and the pools can be en­joyed by all users,’’ McGee said. ‘‘Aware­ness posters were put up at the pool re­mind­ing par­ents to take their chil­dren to the toi­lets be­fore swim­ming; to eat af­ter swim­ming, not be­fore, and to let life­guards know when an ac­ci­dent has oc­curred so staff can deal to it im­me­di­ately. There are also hourly an­nounce­ments over the PA sys­tem re­in­forc­ing these mes­sages, along with the pool’s su­per­vi­sion rules.’’

Swim nap­pies are for sale at the pool and McGee said the pool’s re­cep­tion staff ask all par­ents with chil­dren un­der 3 whether they have a swim nappy and life­guards also check pool­side.

McGee said the length of time a pool needs to be closed fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent varies, but the coun­cil works to be in line with Na­tional Water Treat­ment Stan­dards.

DENISE PIPER/STUFF

Auck­land mayor Phil Goff opened the Al­bany Sta­dium Pool, which is now fre­quently closed to fam­i­lies.

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