Food For Thought Report 5.21 - Pool Safety - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/21/09

Food For Thought Report 5.21 - Pool Safety

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  As we get closer and closer to those scorching summer temps, more people are diving in to cool off at local pool, and that means, health inspectors have more to do then just check-out your favorite restaurants.

"We're going to go ahead and take a water sample you and me both together at the same time and we'll see how those compare. We'll go look at your storage and then go look in the pump room, see if you're ok in there." Steven Walker is just one of the health inspectors ensuring the safety of pools across the Hub City.

We caught up with him Thursday at the Saddlewood Apartments where his summer routine is a timely job that must be done before anyone is allowed to jump in. "All of our permitted pools must pass an investigation before they can open. Most of these are going to be the ones assigned for hotels, motels and apartment complexes. Anything that the public can use for a price or for free must have a permit."

So why do those who usually inspect restaurants also inspect swimming pools?

Well, two of the most common illness spread through recreational water activities Shigellosis and Cryptosporidiosis are also linked to food poisoning - which both include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. "The importance of checking out pools is to make sure, number one, all safety equipment functions properly like it is suppose to, that they have whatever law requires on drain-covers, the new Virginia Graeme Baker Act and we want to make sure the pool chemistry is comfortable for the bathers and won't make them sick."

Even with dozens of pools to inspect, restaurants are still on their toes in anticipation of a surprise check-up.

And this week we do have one eatery on the menu.  Domino's Pizza at 2113 50th street delivered a perfect score.

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