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Real Name Registration Implemented to Ensure Swimming Pool Safety

Promotion poster In line with venues reopening as restrictions ease, individuals will have to meet real name registration requirements when they visit public swimming pools in Taipei this summer.

The Department of Sports pointed out that in compliance with the City’s COVID-19 prevention measures, staff workers at all affiliated sports venues and facilities are required to wear face masks at all times, and alcohol spray are available at the information desk for public use. Users will need to abide by regulations such as having temperature taken and providing name and other information upon entry.

To ensure a healthy environment at swimming pools, the Department of Health (DOH) conducts water quality tests for these facilities. The frequency of required inspections varies from once every three months during off-seasons (November through April) to once every two months during peak seasons (May through October). The standards adopted are on pars with drinking water tests which dictates that water bacteria must be less than 500 CFU/ml.

As of April 2020, the agency tested 236 water samples from 118 swimming pools. A total of 8 swimming pools did not pass the tests (showing a failure rate of 3.4%). DOH has issued fines between NT$2,000 and NT$10,000 to businesses that failed the inspection, warning them to implement changes before another visit. Violators can be fined repeatedly. In addition to facing heavier fines, these swimming pools will be listed in the agency’s public announcement.

DOH reminds businesses who employ chlorination to disinfect swimming pools should have their own equipment such as pH testers and colorimeters. During summer business hours, water quality of swimming pools should be checked every two hours. The pH value should remain between 6.5 and 8, and free residual chlorine between 0.3 mg/L and 0.7 mg/L. Businesses should also collect samples from the swimming pool every month for lab tests and posting the official results at obvious locations, allowing customers to know more about the pool’s water quality.