Pool Closures due to a Faecal Incident
Following a faecal incident, why do we have to close the pool?
- As a PoolSafe Accredited Pool we must abide by the New Zealand Pool Water Quality Standards (NZS 5826:2010).
- Faecal (and vomit) from another human can carry dangerous diseases like Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Closing the pool ensures these potential risk are not spread to other pool users.
- All Faecal incidents must be noted and recorded with the information available to the Health Department should a notifiable disease outbreak occur.
What happens before the pool can be reopened?
- The pool must be evacuated and isolated immediately once faecal has been identified.
- Removal of any solid matter.
- The pool must then be dosed with high levels of chlorine to kill any living germs in the water (chlorine must be dosed in excess of 100 mg/l) this level is not safe for humans to swim in.
- Once the chlorine levels in the pool have increased to above 5mg/l the pool water must remain at this level for a minimum of 30 minutes or depending on the size of your pool one full turn over.
- The pool vacuum cleaner is put into the pool to collect any other pieces that may have been missed or that are too small for the human eye to locate.
- The pool must be retested to ensure the additional chlorine has dispersed (below 5mg/l) before we can allow people to re-enter the pool.
Why don't we fine the perpetrator?
- Some of the incidents we treat can be as small as grains of rice which can make it hard to spot instantly and then narrow down who "did it".
- Most people are embarrassed and leave instantly before the faecal has been spotted.
- Accidents do happen and if someone becomes ill quickly they may have no warning.