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Pools probed after swimmers sickened by chlorine

July 21, 2010 |  7:46 am

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is calling for a thorough investigation of all county swimming pools after more than two dozen swimmers at an Arcadia pool were exposed to high levels of chlorine, officials said.

In an announcement released Tuesday, Antonovich said he would ask the county's Parks and Recreation and Public Health departments to look into pool conditions.

The departments will be required to report on equipment used to maintain the pools and water-testing procedures. Antonovich is also asking the departments to provide recommendations to guarantee that water quality in the pools meets county standards.

Firefighters and hazardous-material teams, including from the Glendale Fire Department, on Monday evacuated swimmers at the Arcadia County Park pool after they complained of irritation from swimming in the water, according to the Glendale News-Press.

County officials said they discovered the problems were likely caused by a pool pump that may have over-chlorinated the water.

-- Glendale News-Press