Pools encounter poo problems
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.