Media Statement from Ceramic Solutions - please contact Kathryn Hay on 03 9545 5322 for more information:
"With aquatic facilities around Melbourne being closed during the month of March from the outbreak of Cryptosporidium infection (otherwise known as crypto), the Department of Health has recently released letters to parents to try to prevent the spread of disease and future outbreaks.
Whilst this is important hygiene information, councils and pool management need to wake up. With a growing population of people using aquatic facilities, pool designs and maintenance need to be reconsidered.
Pool management and staff take great care to monitor the water quality by taking water samples from the pool and checking the filtration system on a regular basis but they often ignore the condition of the pool concourse and its surrounds and choose materials that harbour bacteria or have poor cleaning regimes using cold water to remove contamination. For instance, concrete or rubber concourses, which are hosed down with cold water (like a cattle shed) will only remove loose dirt, but not body fats or other types of dirt that gets introduced by footwear.
Typical types of contaminants found on pool surrounds include soil, sand, leaves, grass, grease, scum, biofilm growth, bird droppings, food spillages, creams and lotions, blood, vomits and other body fluids which can result in contamination with disease-causing microorganisms (pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi).
Throughout Europe, swimming pool designs traditionally place a barrier between the spectator and the swimmer, with swimmers having to access the pool deck via changing rooms and unavoidable showers and/or footbaths.
Another European tradition is for outside shoes to be forbidden on the pool deck.
Unfortunately, this thinking has not been adopted in Australian pool design. Changing alongside of the pool and wearing outside shoes throughout the facility are commonplace. It seems unlikely that such behaviour will be easily curbed so consequently adaptation of pool designs and suitable cleaning practices is required.
Pool surrounds and change rooms should be designed to be cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent both the transmission of infection. Cleaning procedures need to vary depending on the type of surface material. Aggressive cleaning agents in high concentration can be harmful to the environment and people, while mild agents often do not have the desired cleaning effect. Indeed it is a science, councils and pool management need to look further into pool design, using materials and technology that aid in hygiene.
Ceramic Solutions, an installer and supplier of ceramic tiles, is passionate about supplying quality ceramic tile products that are easy to maintain and provide anti-bacterial benefits due to its HT coating. HT is a patented titanium coating applied during the manufacturing process of ceramic tiles, which creates a photocatalytic reaction that kills bacteria, fungi, algae and germs, and prevents the development of new pathogens on a floor or wall surface.
Whilst many commercial aquatic centres water management are commendable, what is the point when the pool surrounds and amenities are poorly maintained and have surrounding surfaces that are just going to keep introducing pathogens."
Ceramic Solutions specializes in ceramic tile consultancy, importation, supply and installation. Its distinctive competencies include design development, specialist applications and tile failure repairs. The company excels in the niche leisure industry market and carries out projects Australia wide, priding itself on excellent technical knowledge and customer service. Ceramic Solutions are proud agents for the German tile manufacturer Agrob Buchtal.
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