This page contains information about a reminder that even temporary pools must have fences around them.
28/11/2018 2:31 p.m.
Temporary pools that families can set up for a weekend or a summer have become much sturdier, easier to use, more affordable and increasingly popular. If you have one or are thinking of getting one this year, remember that all pools over 40cm (400mm) deep must have legally compliant fences to keep kids safe.
All the information is online, just go to our Pool Fencing page on our website (link below) or if you have questions can call Council on 0800 WDCINFO for advice.
The percentage of swimming pool fences now complying with safety regulations has increased significantly as re-inspections have rolled out across the District.
In March, 11 pool fences were re-inspected following concerns that some that did not comply with regulations may have been approved. At the time 10 of the 11 failed inspection.
Since then, a further 483 pool fences have been inspected and of the total, 212 comply with requirements, 252 are in the process of being brought up to standard and 20 pools no longer exist.
“Generally speaking, pool owners have been very honest about their situations, surprised to find fixes were needed and conscientious about getting their fences up to standard. Pool fencing standards are about keeping children safe and preventing drownings, and I think that is a goal that is universally accepted,” said Council’s General Manager - Planning and Development.
“We are making steady progress working through the 1200 or so pools in the District and have inspected over a third of pools since March. That is faster than we expected and we are on track for completing this job within the timelines set.
“At the same time we are steadily updating our system and addressing any new issues that we discover, which means we will be on a good footing going forward.
“We are also pleased to see the overall percentage of good fences is much higher than our first random audit indicated. At only 49% compliant we know there is a long way to go, but the 51% that are faulty are in the system now, people know what they have to do, and they are getting on with the job.
“Our team has also visited companies providing pools and spas, to deliver information for pool owners, and the business operators have been keen to get together with us to help make sure requirements are met from the beginning in future.
“All in all, once we realised we had a problem and got in touch to tell everyone what had happened and what we planned to do about it, and then set about putting things right, the community has been great.
“Radio and facebook advertising and news articles have also emphasized to anyone who has a pool, or might be buying one for the summer, even a temporary pool, that they themselves are responsible for making sure their pool is safe.
“We will continue our inspections throughout summer and into new year and want to say thank you to all the responsible people out there who have supported this work.”