UV me­ters in­stalled at pools

North West Telegraph - - News -

The Pil­bara’s very first UV me­ters have been in­stalled at swim­ming pools in New­man and Mar­ble Bar.

Both Shire of East Pil­bara towns are known for fre­quently ex­ceed­ing 38 in sum­mer and have now pur­chased UV me­ters from the Can­cer Coun­cil WA to warn res­i­dents at New­man Aquatic cen­tre and Mar­ble Bar’s RSL Park.

“The health and well­be­ing of our com­mu­nity has al­ways been a pri­or­ity for us and so the pur­chase of UV me­ters is an­other way we can ac­tively sup­port the health of our res­i­dents and vis­i­tors by en­cour­ag­ing them to be aware of the UV fac­tor, es­pe­cially dur­ing cloudy or cooler days,” Shire of East Pil­bara pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie said.

“Be­cause we are so fa­mil­iar with ex­treme heat in the East Pil­bara, it’s not un­com­mon for us to baulk at skin pro­tec­tion on days that may seem cooler than usual and we per­haps ne­glect to take the proper pre­cau­tions to pro­tect us from the sun’s UV rays.

“But now, we are en­cour­aged that the UV me­ters will re­mind ev­ery­one that we need to be aware of UV rays and the dam­age they can cause, not sim­ply judg­ing by the heat or sun­shine.”

The Can­cer Coun­cil WA’s SunS­mart WA pro­gram has sold 45 UV me­ters in to­tal with 31 re­sid­ing in WA.

CCWA Suns­mart man­ager Mark Strick­land said the pro­gram was work­ing to­wards pro­duc­ing me­ters in small batches and in­cor­po­rat­ing re­fine­ments in each new batch.

“Ul­ti­mately, we’d love to see these me­ters in ev­ery shire around the coun­try,” he said.

“When we are happy that the me­ters of­fer a great cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence, we will make them widely avail­able. Un­til then, we are happy to hear from other shires who want to go on to the wait­ing list for a me­ter.”

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