Swim pool chlorine levels rise as summer heat hits country

Posted August 07, 2018 09:00:10The levels of chlorine found in swimming pools in Canada have risen to levels that would make them unsafe for swimming in the summer, a CBC News investigation has found.CBC News is following up on a CBC Radio report last year that found the country’s biggest swimming pool had been in the top 20 worst polluted swimming pools, with levels of chloramines, nitrates and other chemicals at alarming levels.

The latest data from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) show the average chlorine level in a swimming pool in 2016 was 15.3 parts per billion (ppb).

That’s higher than the level found in Canada’s largest swimming pool.

The average chlorine levels for a Canadian swimming pool is 5.7 ppb.CBC reporter Ben Brumley spoke with a spokesperson for the Canadian Pool Association (CPAA), which represents the countrys largest pool operators.

He said the association has been working with the government to find a solution to the issue.

“We are not aware of any plans being put in place to make swimming pools safer,” said the spokesperson, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The CPAA spokesperson also said there are no plans to close the pool in the near future.

“The pool will remain open to all swimming,” said CPAAA spokesperson Robyn MacGregor.

She said it would be too soon to say if the chlorine levels are the result of the pool being closed, or whether there are other factors in play.CBC is also following up with the Canadian Health Minister and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to learn more about the chlorine issue.