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In the last two months, the Wanaka Pool has had three times the number of pool closures due to faecal matter in the water.

In July and August, there have been two code browns at Queenstown’s Alpine Aqualand, and six at the Wanaka Recreation Centre pools, plus an additional “code green” for sickness.

QLDC communications and marketing advisor Sam White said staff shared the community’s frustration when pools have to be closed on such occasions.

“It’s a fairly unpleasant experience for our staff as well.”

At the new facility, the lap pool and hot pool can remain open as usual even if the learners’ pool is closed.

“Until they’re four, we request that all children wear a swim nappy in addition to a tight fitting second layer (which can be togs). We sell swim nappies at reception for this purpose,” Sam said.

But, he said, experience has shown that it was not always the very young children who have ‘little accidents’.

“Children under eight swimming in any of our pools must be actively supervised at all times by a responsible caregiver aged 16 years or over. Part of this responsibility is to ensure that children use the toilet before swimming.”

QLDC is currently working on some informative and fun campaigns that it hopes will reduce the number of times the pools have to be closed.

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