Basingstoke Sports Trust (BST) follows industry guidelines set by the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) when it comes to providing safe pools for swimming and bathing for our customers. These guidelines advise on the levels of chlorine (disinfection) and PH (a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution) to be maintained as well as the frequency of bacteriological testing that we regularly carry out.
We have received a small number of enquiries about swimming in particular and so thought it prudent to share a recent notification that we have received from PWTAG:
Is it still safe to go swimming at this time? Can the virus be transmitted through the pool water?
PWTAG has consulted with Public Health England who have told us: “We have checked with our national leads who confirm that coronavirus would be inactivated at the levels of chlorine used in swimming pools.”
Public Health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time. Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus.
Users of swimming pools are directed to shower before entering the pool to remove impurities typically found on bodies, and to shower on leaving the pool. They also are directed to observe good public hygiene practices.
All customers and staff are reminded to continue to wash their hands for more than 20 seconds regularly, particularly before eating. Washing your hands before using any equipment and not touching your face until you have washed them again afterwards is also highly recommended.
All the Team at BST J