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.