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Small number of bloodworms found in Kowloon Park Swimming Pool's sewage drain

A small quantity of bloodworms were found this (July 5) morning in a sewage drain during the weekly cleansing operation at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool under the management of Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).

An LCSD spokesman said such discovery demonstrated the effectiveness of weekly cleansing operations in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of public swimming pools.

The Kowloon Park Swimming Pool was temporarily closed between 10 am and 5 pm today for its routine weekly cleaning operation in order to have the pool complex thoroughly cleansed.

At about 11am when the swimming pool staff removed the drainage covers of a sewage drain in the peripheral area adjacent to No. 2 outdoor leisure pool, around 30 live bloodworms and some pupal cases were found in the drain. The concerned sewage drain is used to collect water drained from pool deck that is not related to the water in the swimming pools.

Cleansing of the sewage drain was immediately carried out by the pool staff after the discovery of bloodworms. Meanwhile, notices were also put up at the entrance to the swimming pool.

The pool staff then continued the cleansing operation in the remaining parts of the pool and no more bloodworm was found.

Kowloon Park Swimming Pool was reopened to the public as usual at 6pm after the weekly cleansing operation.

In future, the LCSD will cleanse the concerned sewage drain during the daily session breaks.

In addition, the LCSD has also contacted relevant government departments for inspections of the sewage drain.

This is the first time that bloodworms have been discovered in a sewage drain during the weekly cleansing operation which was launched territory-wide at all public swimming pools in September, 2004.

"The weekly cleansing operation is a thorough cleansing that covers every corner of the public swimming pools which is normally not reached in daily cleaning. Members of the public can rest assured that the cleanliness and hygiene of the public swimming pools as well as the water in the pools are fit for swimming," an LCSD spokesman noted.

Ends/Tuesday, July 5, 2005
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