Montreal’s swimming pools have failed lab tests and the presence of various microorganisms has forced the city to close two-thirds of its outdoor amenities.//
After a media investigation, Mayor Gerald Tremblay requested mayors of the city's 19 boroughs to close 48 of the city's 73 outdoor pools.
"Public health is important for our administration," Tremblay said on Monday at a news conference. "We have to make sure that the safety our pools for our children and their parents is absolutely perfect."
Diarrhea, nausea, eye and skin irritations and respiratory problems causing microorganisms like E.coli, C. difficile, Legionella, Hepatitis A and Giardia were found in high concentrations by the tests. The presence of fecal matter, urine and suntan lotion was also reported.
This investigation by sensationalist Le Journal de Montreal and the TVA television network resulted in the pool closings. The media outlets appointed BioMedco, a private firm to conduct the tests. One third of the pools failed this test while another third was unsuccessful in meeting the accepted standards.
Between July 8 and Aug. 1, 3 samples were taken from each pool. Around 4,560 samples were examined.
According to Tremblay, all of the 73 outdoor pools and 80 wading pools used by small kids will be retested. Though the latter were not included in the media investigation ."We will redo the tests to ensure are pools are safe for children and their parents."
However, no reports of anyone being ill due to water quality have been reported so far, according to Montreal’s health department ."Over the course of the last weeks and months, we haven't received information about infections related to swimming in Montreal pools," said Blaise Lefebvre, spokesman for the department. "So we have nothing to say that this is a particular public health problem for Montreal's pools." Lefebvre said that proper action has been taken by closing the poolPage: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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