Par­ents urged to take more re­spon­si­bil­ity for kids when vis­it­ing pools

Pool closed twice be­cause of poo

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Dou­glas Dickie

The swim­ming pool at South La­nark­shire Leisure East­field had to be closed twice last year be­cause of poo in the wa­ter.

Fig­ures re­vealed by the Re­former’s sis­ter pa­per, the Hamil­ton Ad­ver­tiser, last week showed there had been 48 sim­i­lar in­ci­dents across South La­nark­shire since April 2012.

But the two in Ruther­glen dur­ing 2015/16 were the only ones recorded at the lo­cal pool in that pe­riod.

In con­trast, Hamil­ton Wa­ter Palace had been closed 23 times.

La­nark Swim­ming Pool was sec­ond in the ta­ble and has been closed 10 times in the past four years due to poo in the pool.

The pool in Blan­tyre has been closed twice and the pool in Strathaven once.

Coal­burn Swim­ming Pool has been closed six times in four years for the same rea­son, while the pool in Car­luke has been closed twice.

Dol­lan Aqua Cen­tre in East Kil­bride has been closed twice.

Larkhall Swim­ming Pool is the only pool in the county not to have ex­pe­ri­enced a “floater”.

The fig­ures have led to calls for par­ents to take more re­spon­si­bil­ity for kids in the wa­ter.

Many read­ers re­acted to the news when we posted the story on our Face­book page last week.

An­gela Blue wrote: “I used this pool for my daugh­ter’s swim­ming classes years ago and stopped as I was disgusted with the smell and general lack of clean­li­ness as well as frus­trated with over­crowd­ing/al­ways strug­gling for space/cu­bi­cles. Dol­lan Aqua Cen­tre is fur­ther but far su­pe­rior in ev­ery way, even got lessons my­self.”

But Martin McKenna wrote: “Twice in four years ain’t bad go­ing to be fair. If some­one’s go­ing to poo in the pool, ac­ci­den­tally or not, theres not much the peo­ple run­ning the place can do. Be more con­cern­ing if they didn’t close the place and just scooped it out.”

And Terri McGrath said: “It hap­pens ev­ery­where. We got chucked out in Liv­ingston bub­bles be­cause of one. Was closed for an hour to clean it up.”

South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture ( SLLC) ad­vise all par­ents of young chil­dren who are not potty trained to wear swim nap­pies. They also ad­vise not swim­ming for at least 48 hours af­ter vom­it­ing or di­ar­rhoea, and ide­ally not for 14 days.

Gerry Camp­bell, general man­ager of SLLC, says the coun­cil al­ways closes the pools promptly on dis­cov­er­ing a prob­lem to carry out a clean.

He said: “When this hap­pens we close the pool im­me­di­ately and carry out a strict clean­ing regime to en­sure any harm­ful bac­te­ria is re­moved.

“This is car­ried out in line with Pool Wa­ter Treat­ment Ad­vi­sory Group guide­lines.

“The timescale for this can vary based on vol­ume of pool wa­ter, turnover and chem­i­cal treat­ment.

“For the 25-me­tre pool at Hamil­ton, this takes 36 hours. We apol­o­gise for the in­con­ve­nience to our cus­tomers but pub­lic health is our pri­or­ity and we can­not take chances where health is con­cerned.

“Our staff are still paid when the pool is closed and we use this time to con­cen­trate on other ar­eas of clean­ing in the cen­tre.”

SLLC also ad­vise en­cour­ag­ing young swim­mers to use the toi­lets be­fore, and en­sure they leave the pool to use the toi­let be­fore it is too late; us­ing the show­ers be­fore en­ter­ing; if you start to feel un­well, leave the wa­ter, and if you do have an ac­ci­dent, please let the life­guards know im­me­di­ately.

When this hap­pens we close the pool im­me­di­ately

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