Bacteria in water test closes lap pool at North Peace Leisure Pool

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The lap pool at the North Peace Leisure Pool has been closed due to the presence of bacteria in one of the pool’s two weekly samples.

Pool Manager Karin Carlson says that the sample was brought to staff’s attention by Northern Health on Monday, and staff closed the pool as a precautionary measure. Carlson said that two samples were taken from the lap pool: one each from both the deep and shallow ends of the pool. She stated that the sample from the deep end of the pool tested positive for the presence of pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, while the samples from the shallow end and from the adjoining kids pool all tested negative.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a bacteria that is commonly found in soil, but can also turn up in pool environments when it gets tracked inside on people’s shoes. Pseudomonas is one of the leading known causes hot tub rash, which is an infection of hair follicles that appears similar to chicken pox.

While pool chlorination is used to kill the bacteria, Leisure Pool staff decided to super-chlorinate the pool in order to kill off any bacteria that might be in the pool. Carlson believes that since the bacteria was found in only one of the samples, that the sample showed a false positive after becoming contaminated in transit to Northern Health’s lab.

According to Carlson, staff are anticipating the next test results back from Northern Health in the next several days.

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