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Swimming Pool Forced  To Close


19/02/16



The pool still remains closed after 24 hours as NL Leisure officials continued their clean-up operation, whilst red-faced staff issued a statement.

The unsavoury incident comes just days after Hamilton's Water Palace was forced to close for the same reason .


Around 3pm on Thursday afternoon the swimming bath was shut off from the public as a clean-up started in the area.

Simon Lang , venue manager, Shotts Leisure Centre, said: "Maintaining excellent swimming pool water is a key element in the delivery of a healthy, safe and enjoyable customer experience at NL Leisure.

"Due to faecal contamination on 18 February 2016, the swimming pool within Shotts Leisure Centre was closed.

"To ensure any harmful bacteria is removed completely our protocol is to close the swimming pool straightaway, this allows us to implement rigorous sanitisation.

"The timescale for this can vary based on volume of pool water, turnover and chemical treatment which is carried out in line with Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group guidelines.

"Our goal is to maintain public health to the highest standards and we apologise for the inconvenience to our customers."


NL Leisure also advised instructions on how to ‘keep our pools safe’:


· Use the showers before you enter the pool


· Make sure children are wearing a well fitted swim nappy if they are not fully toilet trained


· If an accident does occur please alert lifeguards straight away


· Refrain from swimming if you feel unwell and particularly if you have had nausea or diarrhoea in the last 14 days


· Encourage young swimmers to use the toilets before entering the pool


· Wash your hands after using the toilet


· Ensure young children leave the pool to use the toilet before it is too late


· Don’t swallow the water you swim in


· If you start to feel unwell during your swim, stop and leave the water


For more on when the pool re-opens, check the NL Leisure's Facebook pages.