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Tougher Pool Testing

Tougher Pool Testing

As lake levels at Arrowhead and Kickapoo continue to drop Wichita Falls inches closer to enforcing stage 5 drought restrictions. If Wichita Falls does enter into a stage 5 drought outside pools will no longer be able to filled or refilled with city treated water. Instead outdoor pools will have to haul in water from outside Wichita County and follow strict guideline criteria for well water on site.

"We had to look what they would be put in their pools without city resources. We wanted to put together some safe guidelines for hauling well water to the public swimming pools so that’s what we did," said Susan Morris Environmental Administrator for the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health Department.

Currently the WFWCPHD test PH, chlorine and acid levels. The new rules would require much more of WF water testers like Brian Railsback.

It's going to be a little bit tougher this year because we’re not just having to not just check the water quality and all the safety issues at a swimming pool were also having to check where the water came from and if the water’s good enough to be put in a public pool," said Railsback.

So why can't the water just get hauled in from any water plant?

"To just to go to a waste water treatment plant and put effluent waste water and put it in your swimming pool is very dangerous it could have Cryptosporidium it would have all kinds of things in there," said Morris.

The stage five public pool guidelines do not apply to private pools. If you would like to take a look at the stage five rules you can click on the links below.

    Acceptable Water Fill for Pools

    Pool Water Well Guidelines
  
   
Jack Carney, Newschannel 6

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