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LCSD swimming pool compounds to be cleansed thoroughly

In order to further upgrade the hygiene standard of the pool environment, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will launch a large-scale thorough cleansing operation from September 8 to 14 in all of its public swimming pool compounds.

The special cleansing operation will last for five days, during which six to eight pool complexes per day will be closed for half a day for cleansing work.

"Also, we have contacted the Architectural Services Department to quickly review the design of our pool facilities and to inspect the play equipment and artificial turf installed in the pools. Play equipment found to be of high potential risk for bloodworm breeding will be removed as soon as possible," a spokesman for LCSD said today (September 6).

He said that regular daily cleansing work had been carried out in various areas in each swimming pool and this special cleansing exercise was an additional arrangement.

"We shall conduct such large-scale cleansing operation regularly. Starting September 15, each of the 36 public swimming pools will be closed for half a day every week for cleansing. Also, water quality tests will be conducted more frequently," he added.

To further enhance pool cleanliness, strict enforcement has been in effect on requiring swimmers to go through a shower and a footbath for cleaning up from head to toe before entering the swimming pool.

People wearing slippers to enter the pool area must soak their feet and slippers in clean water by going through a footbath and a sanitising floor matt to avoid dirtying the pool.

According to findings of the inter-departmental expert working group formed to trace the source of bloodworms discovered in some LCSD swimming pools, certain environment in and outside the pool compounds and some special installations (such as play equipment and artificial turf) in some pools could serve as breeding grounds for midges. But current evidence does not suggest that bloodworms could actually breed in the pool water.

The study also confirmed that the filtration systems in those pools were in normal operation.

"LCSD has invited the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to jointly inspect every public swimming pool. Even obscure spots such as small ring holes on manhole covers will be carefully checked to prevent breeding of bloodworms," the spokesman said.

"Our pool staff will also clean the bottom and side walls of the pools as well as drainage pipes. We shall reinforce sterilisation of the filtration systems," he added.

Also, full attention will be paid in the careful inspection of the environment of the pool compound.

The schedule of the thorough cleansing operation is listed below. Affected pools will be closed from 1 pm on the day and will resume service the next morning.

September 8, 2004 (Wednesday)
Wan Chai Swimming Pool, Island East Swimming Pool, Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool, Tai Wan Shan Swimming Pool, Kwun Tong Swimming Pool, Yuen Long Swimming Pool, Shing Mun Valley Swimming Pool and Sai Kung Swimming Pool

September 9, 2004 (Thursday)
Morrison Hill Swimming Pool, Lei Cheng Uk Swimming Pool, Ho Man Tin Swimming Pool, Tuen Mun Swimming Pool, Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool, Tsing Yi Swimming Pool, Sheung Shui Swimming Pool and Hin Tin Swimming Pool

September 10, 2004 (Friday)
Kennedy Town Swimming Pool, Sham Shui Po Park Swimming Pool, Morse Park Swimming Pool, Mui Wo Swimming Pool, Kwai Shing Swimming Pool and Ma On Shan Swimming Pool

September 13, 2004 (Monday)
Victoria Park Swimming Pool, Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool, Jordan Valley Swimming Pool, Tsuen King Circuit Wu Chung Swimming Pool, North Kwai Chung Jockey Club Swimming Pool, Tai Po Swimming Pool and Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool

September 14, 2004 (Tuesday)
Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool, Chai Wan Swimming Pool, Jockey Club Yan Oi Tong, Fanling Swimming Pool, Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool, Kowloon Park Swimming Pool and Hammer Hill Swimming Pool

Ends/Monday, September 6, 2004
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