East Texas heat surge means pools need more maintenance

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Every day the youngsters take a dip in the pool. Their lifeguard is known as a clean freak when it comes to the water they swim in. She treats it daily.

"Our main concern is the chlorine since it is a chemical. If there's too much it could burn their skin and dry their skin out. If there's not enough it doesn't kill anything," said lifeguard Amanda Chandler.

The practice avoids nasty bacterial outbreaks often found in pools and stagnant lake swimming areas.

"They had an incident at Lake 'O the Pines. I know the Fort Worth-Dallas area last year had a lot of trouble with lakes and swimming pool also,"said health inspector Kevin Hammett.

Just the kind of thing public pool lifeguards try to avoid. Their biggest fear is leaky diapers and well, let's just say, major bathroom accidents.

"If you need to the restroom, please get out. Go to the restroom," said Chandler.

"It is closed for 24 hours. What we do is shock the pool with chemicals which is a strong substance and we do have to close the pool up to 24 hours, if not more," said lifeguard Derrick McCarley.

Chemicals can do just so much. A good bath or shower before and after a swim is advised. It keeps you and the pool clean of bacteria.

"After anytime you get out of a public pool make sure you take a shower," said Chandler.

In Nacogdoches there are 50 swimming pools. So far this summer only two have been told to clean up their act.

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