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20/12/2019 11:09 a.m.
In one year, the number of pool fences that comply with the law in Whangārei has sky-rocketed, but pool owners or owners-to-be are warned not to be complacent.
Council has 1300 swimming pools in its register. Since this time last year the number inspected has jumped from 482 to 1053, while the number that comply fully with safety rules has jumped from 212 to 728.
“A much higher proportion of the pools we have inspected over the past year fully comply with safety regulations than at this time last year, and that is really good news,” said Council Building Approvals and Compliance Team Leader Marc Donaldson.
“We have also had more pools closed down or removed (a further 36 in addition to the 20 removed following inspections last year). We have a further 247 to inspect this summer, and 283 which we know still need to be brought up to standard.
“Meanwhile, we are coming up to the hot time of the year and we need people to remember –all swimming pools over 400mm deep must have fully legal pool enclosures (fences and barriers) and back-flow prevention devices to prevent them from contaminating the town water supply.
“There can be significant costs to make sure your pool is fully safe and legal, so we want people to check the rules before digging, building, or buying a pool – even a temporary pool.
“The barrier rules exist solely to ensure children do not get into a pool unsupervised, get into trouble and drown, and to make sure the water system we all drink from is kept clean.”
Mr Donaldson said Council’s building staff were happy to answer questions about pool barriers and back-flow prevention.
“There is also lots of information, including a video and a pamphlet, on our website, just search for pools.
“We want to make sure we have another safe summer in our District and that we are doing everything we can to make sure people know how to keep their pools safe and legal, and their kids alive. We will be continuing our inspections throughout the summer and will be speaking to retailers to make sure they tell their customers what they need to know.”