Most comprehensive aquatic management / operation texts specifically identify the importance of “cleaning and disinfecting” pool decks, walkways and locker areas. The concept of disinfecting is simple, yet often over-looked. The most recognized method of sanitation is to use and 5 percent bleach and water solution in the following areas:
DAILY SANITATION: Locker area decks, benches, sinks, toilets, changing tables, shower decks and all walkways.
Daily Cleaning: With the water hose......at a minimum, hose down all pool decks. Sanitation if needed as well.
WEEKLY SANITATION: All Pool Deck areas, Benches, Steps, Ladders, Starting Blocks, Hand Rails and Diving Board surfaces.
Frequently pool decks need daily disinfection procedures due to load. Some may say “Who cares if we sanitize monthly versus daily? besides, daily sanitation costs too much.” Well, who uses your facility? The young? The old? People with compromised immune systems? Do families use your facility? Have you ever watched infants and toddlers? They crawl on the deck / floor and put whatever they find in their mouths including their hands and toes.
Consider this: Would you be comfortable licking the pool deck?, Shower deck? That’s what you do when pool water gets into your mouth, the stuff on the decks is introduced to the pool water by swimmers walking to the pool.
Having raised these points, is it any wonder why we have more and more RWI outbreaks? People enter our facilities dragging in contaminates, fail to shower before swimming. So at many facilities, cleaning is reduced because it is "too costly"….Well, if there is a outbreak of a RWI.....THAT IS VERY COSTLY!..........Go figure that RWI transmission is up in recent years.