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Measures to keep public swimming pools clean, hygienic shown

The Director of Leisure and Culture Services, Ms Anissa Wong, this morning (June 2)introduced to visiting District Councillors the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s (LCSD) current measures to keep public swimming pools clean and hygienic as well as the mechanism to monitor the water quality .

During a visit of members of the Sham Shui Po District Council to Sham Shui Po Park Swimming Pool, Ms Wong said that besides sampling water of all public swimming pools for testing chlorine and pH levels every hour, the LCSD conducted weekly laboratory tests of the water for the total bacterial counts and checked whether E. coli or Vibrio cholerae was present in the water samples.

“Should the reports on the water quality tests show the total bacterial counts exceeding the prescribed limit or the presence of E. coli or Vibrio cholerae, we will immediately liaise with the Department of Health on the course of follow-up action required while another round of sampling of water for further bacteriological tests will be done,” Ms Wong said.

“Also, we will carry out superchlorination to disinfect and clean the water concerned.

“The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department will inspect the filtration and sterilisation system.

“The Steering Committee on the Management of Public Swimming Pools endorsed that should the total bacterial counts exceed the prescribed limit, immediate superchlorination of the water is an effective way to disinfect the water and make it clean again.”

“The LCSD has registered swimmers’ concern over the water quality of the public swimming pools. Starting last night (June 1), the water quality test report of each public swimming pool is posted at the pool. All the information has been uploaded to the LCSD website, enabling people to know the latest water quality of the pools and increasing the transparency of the related information on the water quality.”

The contents announced in the water quality reports include the prevailing chlorine and pH levels as well as the latest bacteriological test results.

To further gather swimmers’ views, Ms Wong said that starting mid-June, the LCSD would conduct a four-month survey on the cleanliness and hygiene at all public swimming pools.

“The survey will be conducted by the Clean Swimming Pool Ambassadors, who will interview swimmers on the cleanliness and hygiene situations of individual public swimming pools so as to let us fully understand swimmers’ opinions in this regard,” Ms Wong said.

The department will set up a 24-hour hotline in mid-June so people can express their suggestions regarding the cleanliness and hygiene of public swimming pools. Their suggestions can enable the LCSD to further upgrade the cleanliness and hygiene standards in a more efficient manner and to offer a better environment for swimming.

Apart from the Sham Shui Po District, the LCSD has liaised with other districts and extended invitations to the District Councils to visit the public swimming pools in their districts and to gather their views on how to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the pools.

Ends/Thursday, June 2, 2005
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