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Water Palace Shuts Again
Hamilton Water Palace reopened today after it was closed down around 5pm on Wednesday evening 8th June when another floater was found.
The incident happened during a kids swimming lesson at the popular venue and facilities were immediately closed down.
Earlier this year South Lanarkshire council said that the Hamilton Water Palace had closed down 23 times across four years. We first published a story about this back in March 2016 when records for all pools were released.
It was also revealed that South Lanarkshire pools experience more floaters than those in North Lanarkshire.
Gerry Campbell, general manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture spoke at a previous incident.
He said: “When this happens we close the pool immediately and carry out a strict cleaning regime to ensure any harmful bacteria is removed.
“This is carried out in line with Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group guidelines. The timescale for this can vary based on volume of pool water, turnover and chemical treatment.
“For the 25-metre pool at Hamilton, this takes 36 hours. We apologise for the inconvenience to our customers but public health is our priority and we cannot take chances where health is concerned.”
South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture say pool users can help reduce closures and keep our pools safe by following this advice:
• Avoid swimming if you feel unwell and especially if you have had vomiting or diarrhoea in the last 14 days
• If your children are not fully toilet trained, make sure that they are wearing a well-fitted swim nappy
• Encourage young swimmers to use the toilets before they come into the pool. Ensure they leave the pool to use the toilet before it is too late
• Use the showers before you enter the pool
• If you start to feel unwell during your swim, stop and leave the water
• If you do have an accident please let the lifeguards know straight away so it can be dealt with. Don’t put other people at risk.