Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Pools probed after swimmers sickened by chlorine

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

Comments () | Archives (3)

I quess all these people just hit the Lottery. More of our tax money will be paid out in large sums.

I hope authorities can fix this as soon as possible and guarantee swimmers that it won't happen again.

More than likely the total dissolved solids(minerals/dirt) level in the pool were so high that the service tech was adding chlorine to the point of dissolving metal and flesh in the pool water.This event happens when the tds is so high that the chlorine will not oxidize and disinfect the pool water,but becomes super aggressive to all surfaces including human flesh.
Most commercial pools are filled with water lines connected to municipal water meters and the pool owners do not want to refill the public swimming pool for fear of the extremely high costs.Public pools should be emptied and refilled every 2 years to avoid the obviuos.
John Hurt


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: