Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

NSW council fined after pool faecal incident leads to chlorine flushing into creek

NSW council fined after pool faecal incident leads to chlorine flushing into creek
August 18, 2017

A child's bowel movement in a swimming pool that led to a pump failure and sent chlorine into a nearby creek has cost Lake Macquarie Council $15,000.

The Council was this week fined by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSWEPA) after the West Wallsend Swim Centre discharged 16,000 litres of chlorinated water into an adjacent creek.

A Council spokesperson said the backwash was intended to treat a faecal contamination after "a child who was not toilet-trained used the pool without a correctly fitted aqua nappy".

Swim centre staff followed a "rigorous procedure" of evacuating the pool, chemically treating the water and back-washing the filtration equipment to remove pathogens, the council said, in line with NSW Health guidelines.

A Fire and Rescue HAZMAT crew also attended.

Karen Marler, the NSWEPA's Hunter Director, told the Newcastle Herald that the "Council was aware that the pump was not operating properly, but decided not to take action to fix it as it was seen as a low priority. The pump subsequently failed and caused the discharge.

"The EPA recognises the pollution discharge was not intentional, however it was the result of council's failure to maintain its pumping equipment."

Lake Macquarie Council have since replaced the faulty equipment and cleaned up the soiled spill, leaving the creek without any observable damage.

14th May 2017 - BABY SWIM NAPPIES ‘LIKE A POO TEA BAG IN WATER’

2nd March 2017 - CANADIAN RESEARCHERS FIND SIGNIFICANT LEVELS OF URINE IN PUBLIC POOLS

25th January 2017 - NSW HEALTH RELEASES NEW RESOURCES IN ‘CLEAN POOLS FOR HEALTHY SWIMMING’ CAMPAIGN

19th January 2016 - RECREATION SA URGES SWIMMERS TO PRACTICE GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE AMID RECORD CRYPTOSPORIDIUM LEVELS

23rd December 2015 - POOL MANAGERS NEED TO BE AWARE OF WATERBORNE BUGS THROUGH SUMMER 

21st October 2015 - WEST WALLSEND SWIM CENTRE EQUIPPED TO MEET FUTURE DEMANDS

11th June 2015 - NAPPY SUPPLIER TARGETS ‘CODE BROWN’ AQUATIC CENTRE INCIDENTS 

12th May 2014 - COUNTRY POOL MANAGERS CONFERENCE SET FOR LAKE MACQUARIE  

4th November 2013 - PARENTS VALUE SWIMMING AND WATER SAFETY LESSONS ABOVE OTHER OUT-OF-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

27th January 2012 - ATTORNEY GENERAL CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS ON POOL CHEMICALS SECURITY


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

HQH FITNESS

HQH Fitness is an international company that specialises in improving the health, fitness and wellness of people everywhere. We are the South Pacific distributors for Total Gym/GRAVITY Education and…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

Also at 3 Squill Place, Arndell Park NSW 2148 ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp)

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Marketing / Retail

 
 

Pico Play

Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

LANDER & ROGERS

Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…

read more

Legal

 
 

Neptune Benson

Neptune Benson is a manufacturer of high quality water filtration and disinfection products for the recreational, industrial, and municipal water markets. With more than 20,000 installations…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business