80% of Lima?s swimming pools arent safe

According to Digesa, contaminated waters contain fungi and coliformes fecales. They will impose penalties to those fail to fulfil sanitary rules. Next week 80% of Limas swimming pools will open to the public, yet a small look around the pools is enough to see that these do not fulfil the requirements of Digesa. According to a recent census made by the Dirección General de Salud (Digesa) there are 1.700 swimming pools including those of clubs, schools, academies and associations in Lima. Rodolfo Castromonte, coordinator of the program, Vigilancia Sanitaria de Piscinas de Digesa indicated that some of the  main problems are: the high concentration of bacteria since few count on systems of clorification and re-circulation to clean the water, and that some at the entrance of the pools don’t have “feet washers” with disinfectant that should be in every pool.
In the north of Lima where most swimming pools are found,  Luis Fuentes, head of the Dirección de Salud (Disa) said that 159 swimming pools were put under constant sanitary monitoring, but from them only 12 obtained their approval. Nevertheless, during the inspection made in these last months, they found that other 147 establishments worked illegally.
The Sanitary Regulation of Swimming pools, published in 2003, states that the owners must meet a series of obligations, that the establishments must adopt so that it can be considered safe. The norm was put out 2 years ago for the swimming pools to make the necessary changes, if in this summer they display the same deficiencies, the will be fined from S/.1.150 for negligence in its maintenance, to S/.29.700 for reiteration of putting at risk the health of the user.