Jeffersonville Aquatic Center reopens; e-coli source unknown

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by Rodney Spencer

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – The Jeffersonville Aquatic Center reopened to the public after being closed for 5 days Wednesday.

Last week, the center abruptly shut down when lab results indicated that the pool water tested positive for e-coli.

“Once we got the results for that test, we cleared the water, consulted with the health department and spent four days keeping the chlorine levels very high in the pool and backwashing the filter,” Aquatic Center Director Nikki Dillon said. “We need to maintain a clean test, i mean our goal is to maintain a clean test at all times...but we need to maintain a clean test throughout the rest of the summer and i have every reason to believe that we will do that.”

Dillon and the team at the aquatic center are still uncertain as to what exactly caused traces of e-coli to be found in the pool water.

However, a nearby geese sanctuary may hold the answer. Dillon says that when the pool closes for the evening the birds will often flock to the water and take a swim of their own.

“We did have a lot that were nesting within the fence area at the beginning of the season since we've struggled with that since the beginning of the season we suspect that’s why our test results are going in a not positive direction,” Dillon said.

The center has exhausted all possible resources to keep the geese from entering the pool area.

They’ve installed lights that are designed to disrupt the bird’s nesting patterns and have even gone as far as to install a fake wolf to hopefully scare them off.

Although one or two birds in a public pool may disgust any swimmer, Dillon says that scenario doesn’t put anyone in danger however when there are a dozen birds, as is the case with Jefferson Aquatic Center, it becomes a problem.

“They seem to travel in pretty big groups and you don’t usually get just one duck you get about twelve or fifteen of them and so if there are twelve or fifteen in a pool you can imagine what happens,” she said.

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