VENTURA, Calif. - Ventura Aquatic Center is a popular spot, especially during the summer.
The facility sees hundreds of people of every age daily. With many babies and toddlers visiting the pools, it’s hard to prevent a certain kind of accident in the pool.
“We do occasionally have fecal incidents in which case we follow the CDC guidelines,” said Stacey Zarazua, Aquatic Supervisor at City of Ventura.
The incident Zarazua is referring to is when someone accidentally goes number two in the pool," said Zarazua. "When it happens, bacteria and viruses can be passed into the water. "
To help keep the pool extra clean the Aquatic Center has a fast response plan for those accidents.
“In the event of a fecal response we grab a net and try to contain any debris and we created a crash cart to speed up the process,” said Wayne Hatch, Aquatic facility operator.
To help reduce accidents the facility also performs safety checks at the top of every hou reminding the kids to take a bathroom break.
“We have everyone hop out of the pools and we do not only a safety inspection of all of our playground equipment, we inspect the bottom of the pool for anything unsafe, but we are also looking for any debris, fecal so we can respond immediately, said Zarazua.”
Kids who are not potty trained are asked to wear swim diapers to help capture any accidents. Most public pools also ask people to stay out of the water if they're feeling under the weather.
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