Published: 27/03/2014 10:27 - Updated: 27/03/2014 11:39

Pool closes amid bacteria alert

The opening of Moray Hydrotherapy Pool, three years ago.
The opening of Moray Hydrotherapy Pool, three years ago.

BACTERIA has forced the closure of a Moray pool.

The hydrotherapy pool, at Forres, shut its doors on Tuesday after high levels of pseudomonas were recorded in the water.

The discovery was made during routine monthly sampling. Results of a repeat test will not be known until early next week and a spokesman for the council said the pool will be closed until further notice.

"In the meantime the water has been super-chlorinated and the water temperature has been lowered in the hope of exterminating the bacteria. The higher the water temperature, the easier it is for bacteria to survive," the spokesman said.

The water temperature in the hydrotherapy pool is maintained at 34.5 degrees – several degrees higher than in normal swimming pools.

Meanwhile, the pool’s operation is being reviewed to minimise the likelihood of any recurrence. "This could potentially impact on the level of usage of the pool," the spokesman said.

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