Residents, as you know there have been several occurrences of accidental fecal releases in our Adam’s Point Pool. We wanted to share with you how these fecal accidents are handled and provide some suggestions on how to minimize the chances of future fecal releases.
Whenever a fecal release occurs it is handled according to the CDC recommendations and NC Rules Governing Public Swimming Pools. When a solid accidental fecal release occurs the pool is cleared of all swimmers, the pool chemicals are checked to ensure there is a minimum of 2.0 ppm of chlorine and a pH of 7.2-7.5, all fecal matter is removed from the pool and the pool remains closed for 30 minutes.
Additionally, prior to this pool season, the HOA board took action to enhance the pool chemical monitoring and delivery systems with the installation of an automated chemical controller and feeder. This system allows us to maintain and monitor the pool’s chemical levels 24/7 to ensure that we are always maintaining sufficient chlorine levels and the appropriate pH. This helps ensure that fecal releases cause a minimal amount of downtime for the swimming pool and continuously maintain safe and sanitary swimming conditions.
Ways to PREVENT accidental fecal releases:
- Have children use the bathroom before coming to the pool – ask them to attempt to go #1 & #2. Also speak to your children about the importance of proper pool hygiene.
- Have all children take bathroom breaks at least once per hour (the mushroom turns on/off once per hour to help keep track of the time).
- Anyone is who is not toilet trained should be wearing a secure fitting swim diaper; tighter is better and adding secure fitting plastic pants worn over a swim diaper are a recommended additional barrier of protection – http://bit.ly/InfantPlasticPants & http://bit.ly/ToddlerPlasticPants – see comments on sizing and fit.
- Check diapers every 30-60 minutes and change diapers using the baby changing tables in the bathrooms.
For additional information please visit the CDC website for more information on healthy swimming: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming
Thank you in advance for everyone doing their part to help prevent accidental fecal releases in our Adam’s Point Pool.