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27 July 2020 Traces of Legionella are found in the showers at Hythe Swimming Pool in Kent

posted 3 Aug 2020, 03:23 by Ian Clarenbone
Swimmers who used a public pool have been contacted after traces of Legionella were found in the showers. The potentially concerning bacteria was discovered following routine tests at Hythe Swimming Pool, in South Road, Hythe on the same day it re-opened since before lockdown.

Folkestone and Hythe District Council say the Legionella was found in the showers in the women's changing rooms. The authority says the type found is common and 'very low risk' but that they have still contacted the people who used the facilities to let them know. The showers are now closed while treatment is carried out, but the pool remains open.

A spokesman for the district council said: "Like other swimming pools, Hythe Swimming Pool routinely tests for Legionella in its water systems. On Monday we received a notification that traces of Legionella had been found in the showers in the women’s changing room. The type of Legionella found is common and is very low risk. However, we have contacted the small number of people who used the women’s changing room before the discovery to let them know. The showers were closed as soon as we received this news to allow the necessary treatment to be undertaken. Following treatment - and tests to confirm this has been effective - the showers at the pool will reopen. The pool is unaffected and remains open for swimming."

Hythe pool only re-opened to the public for the first time since March on Monday (July 27). Many new rules were put into place to keep people safe amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This includes visitors arriving swim ready, wearing masks in the reception area and lockers being out of bounds.