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LCSD measures were effective to upgrade pool hygiene and cleanliness

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department's (LCSD) survey initially showed that more than 70 percent of the respondents considered that the newly implemented measures are effective in upgrading the hygiene and cleanliness of the swimming pools.

The survey was started in June to collect swimming pool users' ratings on the hygiene and cleanliness of all LCSD swimming pools.

As shown from the data collected so far, 73 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the water quality and the overall cleanliness of the swimming pool.

An LCSD spokesman said: "These data indicated that the series of measures implemented by the Department to improve the water quality, environmental hygiene as well as cleanliness of facilities are generally accepted by the public.

He continued: "Conducted by the Clean Swimming Pool Ambassadors, the four-month survey is aimed at collecting users' ratings on the effectiveness of the measures, as well as their views on the overall cleanliness of the facilities.

"A total of 1,363 respondents were interviewed so far in June. Among those, 63 percent of them noted a remarkable improvement of the hygiene conditions when compared with that of last swimming season."

The spokesman said that the department would continue monitoring closely the effect of all measures, to maintaining the pools in a high standard.

"Meanwhile, some respondents have also aired their suggestions in connection with the pool facilities, water quality, pool management and service quality.

In-depth study will be carried out on the data collected from the survey, which will be very useful for mapping out even more effective measures to upkeep the hygiene and cleanliness of the pools."

The spokesman said: "We believe that public cooperation is undoubtedly important when implementing the measures, and thus help upgrade the general management of the swimming pools."

Swimmers should observe the measures including washing their body thoroughly in the changing room before entering the pool deck; walking through the shower bath and foot bath; wearing a white T-shirt on top of the swim suit, if necessary; and wearing another pair of clean slippers which have to be cleaned thoroughly in the changing room and walk through the shower bath and foot bath before entering the pool deck.

The spokesman urged members of the public for their continuous support and to observe the above rules. He also appealed to swimmers to join hands to keep both environmental cleanliness and to care personal hygiene, as well as to be considerate.

One should not go swimming and consult a doctor promptly if he feels unwell or has symptoms of fever, diarrhoea, flu, red-eye disease or skin infection.

And, swimmers should also use the toilet facilities before go swimming, and should not eat too much to avoid vomiting.

As at July 13, 21 cases of discovery of faeces and 16 cases of discovery of vomitus in the swimming pools were reported since this swimming season. However, the department recorded over 2.7 million swimmers using the swimming pools since April this year.

The Department has stepped up its publicity and educational campaign appealing public cooperation to keep swimming pools clean.

The spokesman said the survey by the Clean Swimming Pool Ambassador will be continued until September. Members of the public are also welcome to make full use of the hotline 2601 6801 to voice their suggestion and views for further improvement of the swimming pools.

Ends/Saturday, July 16, 2005

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