Pool Rules, Part Two

Pool Rules, Part Two

It only took one person to make one choice and the pool was closed over the Fourth of July holiday.  One person. One choice.  And a broken bottle.

When you drop a glass in your house, pieces ranging from chunks to invisible slivers scatter across the floor and under furniture.  No matter how carefully you sweep, some months later a shard may be found behind a bookshelf or under a chair.

Imagine if that glass were dropped on the concrete deck of a community pool.  There’s even less to block the trajectory of each little piece which means that glass could easily, and most likely will, find a home in the water and at the bottom of the pool. As the pool pump churns, pieces of glass are stirred from the deep-end to the shallow and could come to rest on the steps used by a 7-year-old experiencing a summer swim season for the very first time.

Swimmers of all ages have been cut on glass in public and private pools. Some simply need a band-aid. Others require stitches.  And some have ended up with sliced tendons necessitating surgery and months of recovery.

Potential injury is why, when it comes to broken glass, the primary recommendation by pool maintenance professionals is to scour the deck and drain and sweep the pool.  It’s the only sure-fire way  to  make sure that all glass particles are removed.  There is an option to close the pool, turn off the filter and give the glass time to drop to the bottom. Someone then slowly vacuums the pool and then checks the pump basket for glass.  This process would be repeated until two consecutive full pool cleanings resulted in zero glass in the basket.  Considering the risk involved with a small amount of glass and someone swimming underwater without goggles, most pool owners decide to put their time and money into emptying the pool.

If the impact on other swimmers isn’t enough to keep someone from sneaking a glass bottle of pop into the pool area, consider the costs associated with the possible clean-up.  Ignore the manhours or the inconvenience.  Just calculate how much money will be paid to refill the pool after the scrubbing is finished.  Homeowners responsible for this kind of community pool scrubbing are routinely being charged for all costs, including water.

It only took one person to make one choice and the pool was closed over the Fourth of July holiday.  Think before bringing any glass bottles or containers near the pool.

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