Swim nap­pies needed to avoid ‘code browns’


A pop­u­lar Auck­land swim­ming pool is crack­ing down on poopy tod­dlers af­ter a wave of code browns.

West­wave Pool and Leisure Cen­tre re­in­forced its swim nappy pol­icy for chil­dren three years and un­der af­ter 22 fae­cal-re­lated in­ci­dents last sum­mer.

Auck­land Coun­cil head of recre­ation Rob McGee said th­ese in­ci­dents forced the Henderson pool to close dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods.

A sin­gle poo in­ci­dent re­quired pool clo­sure of up to four hours for clean­ing and wa­ter treat­ment.

‘‘It also caused sig­nif­i­cant dis­rup­tion and frus­tra­tion for other cus­tomers,’’ McGee said.

‘‘This could hap­pen at any time but dur­ing the mid­dle of sum­mer, on a busy day, it is par­tic­u­larly im­pact­ful.’’

Ar­eas like the wave pool, fam­ily spa and tod­dlers’ area were af­fected. He said it had been chal­leng­ing to en­force the nappy pol­icy in the past and poo in­ci­dents had been in­creas­ing.

How­ever, af­ter run­ning sev­eral aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion cam­paigns, the num­ber of poo in­ci­dents de­creased this sum­mer.

‘‘We have had just six clo­sures for fae­cal-re­lated in­ci­dents this sum­mer so far which is a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment on the pre­vi­ous sum­mers.’’

Vera Zairns from Avon­dale said it was about time the coun­cil re­in­forced the nappy pol­icy. She said she made sure her young chil­dren wore nap­pies be­cause of pos­si­ble ac­ci­dents.

‘‘It’s just bet­ter for every­one in­volved from the pool staff to the gen­eral pub­lic us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties,’’ Zairns said.

Carla Bon­nici said she en­coun­tered two code browns dur­ing her visit to the pools last De­cem­ber. It dis­cour­aged her off from tak­ing her chil­dren to the pool again.

But Wa­iatarua res­i­dent Gen Richard­son said the pol­icy should not ap­ply to toi­let-trained chil­dren.

Her three-year-old daugh­ter had been toi­let trained since she was two.

‘‘I can un­der­stand their point and ob­vi­ously it would be hard to get around but three year olds? Most chil­dren are toi­let trained by then,’’ Richard­son said.

‘‘My girl would be hor­ri­fied if I put a nappy on her when it’s been a year past her toi­let train­ing.’’

McGee said toi­let trained or not, all chil­dren three years and un­der were re­quired swim nap­pies.

‘‘Ac­ci­dents do hap­pen, and we need to be con­sis­tent in ap­ply­ing the pol­icy so that it is fair.’’ to wear

‘‘Ac­ci­dents do hap­pen.’’


West Wave Pool had 22 fae­cal-re­lated in­ci­dents last sum­mer, but just six so far this sum­mer.

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