Pool rash prank apol­ogy

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

A man who claimed to have con­tracted a rash at a South Waikato public pool has pub­licly apol­o­gised say­ing it was a ‘‘stupid prank’.

Two weeks ago Ezra Takiri posted im­ages of a nasty rash on Face­book which he claimed he con­tracted from the South Waikato In­door Pools in Toko­roa.

Last week, how­ever, Takiri was forced to apol­o­gise on The Gen­uine Toko­roa Face­book page say­ing it was a ‘‘stupid prank’’.

‘‘I was un­aware of the dam­age I had cre­ated mainly be­cause I was just seek­ing a laugh and a few peo­ple to like my sta­tus,’’ he wrote.

‘‘Now I re­alise the sever­ity of my poor be­hav­iour and I am sin­cerely sorry for my im­ma­ture ac­tions.’’

South Waikato District Coun­cil leisure ser­vices man­ager Heather Gaby said the coun­cil wasn’t no­ti­fied about the in­ci­dent af­ter the claim was made but did see it on Face­book.

Gaby said the coun­cil wanted to en­sure peo­ple that the pool wa­ter was tested reg­u­larly to pre­vent such sit­u­a­tions and to re­main within na­tional stan­dards.

‘‘We test [the likes of] wa­ter al­ka­lin­ity and PH to en­sure pu­rity lev­els are ap­pro­pri­ate to na­tional stan­dards. This test­ing is done by trained pool staff ev­ery three hours,’’ she said.

‘‘Once a day a lab­o­ra­tory tech­ni­cian from Wa­ter­mark, our wa­ter sup­ply and waste­water sec­tion, tests a sam­ple and once a week a ran­dom sam­ple is sent for mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal test­ing by an ex­ter­nal lab­o­ra­tory.’’

She said due to the reg­u­lar test­ing there was no need to close the pools af­ter Takiri’s post.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

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