New website shares Louisville pool water quality data – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville
Louisville residents now have access to a new portal with pool safety information across the county.
the new portalfrom the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health Wellness, ranks swimming pools on a scale of 1 to 100.
“They can look at the scores of the pools they go to and they can see how they’re doing, make sure where they’re going is safe and protect their health,” Ciara Warren, the department’s environmental health officer, said Thursday. a press event.
Public pools encompass more than the EP “Tom” Sawyer State Park or the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center. City data includes swimming pools in apartment complexes, hotels, spas and wellness centers.
Warren said the only pools the city doesn’t test are residential backyard pools.
“During our regular inspection, we check all safety equipment, facility maintenance, water quality and filtration,” Warren said.
Pools undergo comprehensive inspections twice a year, which includes a more thorough examination of the pool and its facilities. However, during the pool’s operating life, department officials come in weekly to check things like the presence of sanitizers, pH levels, and alkalinity.
After the tests, the hens are scored. Different violations have different weights in the point system. Anything below 86 is considered a fail.
Pools that fail inspection may be immediately closed and prohibited from reopening until they have achieved a passing score.
“Automatic failure is if they don’t have sanitizer in the pool, so that’s our most critical element,” Warren said.
Disinfectants, such as chlorine, help prevent waterborne diseases such as legionella and cryptosporidium.
“This new tracking system will help us better protect people from serious illness that can come from contaminated recreational waters,” Connie Mendel, director of environmental health for the department, said in a press release.
The new portal was created with funds from a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Environmental Health Association.
“Having this data empowers individuals with information to make decisions about their own health and safety,” Mendel said in the statement.
the new portal will be updated in conjunction with weekly inspections by the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department.