Kelso pool’s poo problem

Dozens of youngsters had their swimming lessons at Kelso pool curtailed this afternoon (Tuesday) after someone had what Borders Sport & Leisure Trust called a ‘little accident’.

A trust spokesperson told The Southern this was the third such incident in the last month at the Kelso pool, all of which required a complete pool closure.

With over 600 youngsters learning to swim each week, such incidents have a major knock-on effect for all pool users.

“Each time it happens, we have to carry out two or three back washes, which means reversing the flow of the water through the filters to catch all the excrement,” said the spokesperson.

“Staff have to go in during the night to do this as each one takes hours. They also have to vacuum the pool tank too.

“It does have a serious side as if not dealt with properly people can get Cryptosporidium. We’d like to remind parents to take their little ones to the toilet prior to going into the pool or, if needed, wear a swimmer nappy.

“With the last three instances the offenders did not even let us know it had happened and it was a member of staff who ‘spotted’ the problem and had to evacuate the pool.”