Pools en­counter poo prob­lems

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯ RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

The Toko­roa In­door Pools has be­come a dump­ing ground of sorts and the com­mu­nity is on the look out for the cul­prit.

Dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber the or­gan­i­sa­tion dealt with eight sep­a­rate in­ci­dents where fae­ces was found in the main pool.

And South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil leisure ser­vices man­ager Heather Gaby be­lieved it was no ac­ci­dent.

‘‘From time to time ac­ci­dents hap­pen. How­ever, the in­creased fre­quency of this prob­lem and the fact that it is oc­cur­ring in the main pool sug­gests it is no longer ac­ci­den­tal.’’

If poo is found in the pool, swim­mers are re­moved im­me­di­ately and then it is cleared and treated with chem­i­cals.

The costs are ‘‘not sig­nif­i­cant’’ but Gaby said it was more about pub­lic in­con­ve­nience.

‘‘This is a to­tally un­ac­cept­able and self­ish be­hav­iour which could cause a se­ri­ous health risk and is a mas­sive in­con­ve­nience to all users.’’

Pool staff are hand­ing out a no­tice to all pool users on ar­rival, be­tween 3 and 6.30pm out­lin­ing the prob­lem.

‘‘We are ask­ing all users to be vig­i­lant and re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour. Any of­fender will face se­ri­ous con­se­quences,’’ she said.

An ad­di­tional staff mem­ber will be on duty to pa­trol the main pool.

HAZ­ARD: It is no fun for any­one when peo­ple poo in the Toko­roa In­door Pools’ main pool on pur­pose.

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