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Safety tips to ensure pool cleanliness

Accidents in public pools that involve diarrhea, poop, pee and vomit can lead to the transmission of serious waterborne illness. Water illnesses can occur when a swimmer swallows or otherwise comes in contact with water contaminated with germs.

Staff at the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre are committed to keeping the pool water clean and safe for all facility users. In the event of an accident, staff immediately take precautionary measures to decontaminate the water, and help reduce the risk to recreational facility users. 

The pool is shut down, and the affected area cleaned and treated with highly concentrated chlorine to kill any harmful bacteria. However, it takes time to raise chlorine levels to the required concentration, leave it to decontaminate for the required amount of time at that concentration to kill germs, and then lower the chlorine to a safe and comfortable level. Cleaning and disinfecting the water and equipment can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.

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