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University Paper highlights public health risks with unmaintained swimming pools & spas

07 October 2020

The Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia (SPASA Australia), commissioned Griffith University to author a Discussion Paper on the risk to public safety caused by inadequate pool or spa maintenance.

In summary, Professor Hunt and Stratton highlights:

Pools require vigilant and rigorous maintenance for water quality and physical safety reasons.  

From a microbiological perspective, water quality maintenance and disinfection reduces the risk of exposure to harmful pathogens that may cause ear infections, gastroenteritis or skin irritation.  

Inappropriate storage, handling and mixing of chemicals can result in erroneous chemical reactions and water balance.  
Lack of fence, pump, and filter maintenance may result in physical injury and death.  

Without investigation, the members of the household may assume the cause of illness as something that was consumed, rather than the family swimming pool.

Government must adhere to these laws and owners should not be prevented from undertaking service and maintenance of their private owned pool/spa under any circumstances.

The Griffith University Discussion Paper can be viewed HERE.

SPASA Australia acknowledges the difficulties that communities are facing during COVID-19, but the swimming pool and spa industry is a contactless essential service industry provider and we do not want to replace one virus with another.

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