Safety concerns addressed after local pool closes Friday

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Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

PADUCAH, Ky. - The Noble Park pool will be ready to go for the Mercy Pediatrics Kids Triathlon Saturday morning despite a heath hazard Friday.

Crews closed the pool early after fecal matter was found in the pool.

Cleaning and treatment takes time, about 12 hours, to make sure the water is filtered properly.

But it's not just Noble Park pool that has to deal with an increased chance of contamination in the summer.

Swimmers need to practice safe swimming habits to help reduce the risk of spreading diseases.

"If there is situations with fecal matter, lot of times that is associated with diarrhea, which therefore can be easily passed. It's an airborne bacteria," Recreational Specialist John Gorrell said.

The Commonwealth's Energy and Environment Cabinet released some important information to help keep families safe at swimming pools.

The first is to shower before getting into the pool.

Secondly, wash your hands after going to the bathroom

Finally, take small children on frequent bathroom breaks.

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