The Jeffersonville Aquatic Center staff believes geese caused the E. Coli. (Source: WAVE 3 News/Cedra Mayfield)
the Jeffersonville Aquatic Center is not only back open for business but now better positioned to ward off health hazards in the future. (Source: WAVE 3 News/Cedra Mayfield)
Nikki Dillon (Source: WAVE 3 News/Cedra Mayfield)
Ken Conklin (Source: WAVE 3 News/Cedra Mayfield)
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - After closing its doors to the public over the holiday break, the Jeffersonville Aquatic Center is not only back open for business but now better positioned to ward off health hazards in the future.
It took several days to figure out the source of E. Coli found in the pool system at the Jeffersonville Aquatic Center. Staff now believe the culprit was wild guests who were never invited in to begin with.
"We have had a lot of problem with geese," said Nikki Dillon, Jeffersonville Aquatics and Program Director. "So, we are attributing it to the goose problem because our chlorine levels do stay well within the recommended range from our health department."
Dillon said it wasn't until a weekly fecal test for came back positive that aquatic center staff learned something was wrong.
"Unfortunately, it's something you can't see," said Dillon. "The water doesn't turn a funny color. It was just as clear and beautiful as it always is."
Following five days of cleaning and testing the Jeffersonville Aquatic Center reopened to the public Wednesday.
As it turns out, however, geese are a pretty common problem in southern Indiana. Nearby in Clarksville, they have just about taken over town hall.
"You know, you can't control everything," said Clarksville Parks and Recreation Marketing and Program Coordinator Ken Conklin. "Birds are going to fly where they want to fly."
While Conklin said geese have not plagued the Clarksville Aquatic Center this season, he said staff are not taking any chances when it comes to health and safety.
"We're very, very strict on getting our pool water tested multiple times a day," said Conklin. "We actually have three certified pool operators on staff. You know, the average pool will only have one."
Extra steps are now also being taken in Jeffersonville.
"We have invested in some lights that keep them from nesting here, as well as a fake wolf that's supposed to scare them," said Dillon. "That has cleared up them nesting here."
While Dillon said progress has been made, she said keeping everyone safe would require teamwork from welcomed guests as well.
"Everyone must shower. A lot of people refuse to shower," said Dillon. "It's a lot about personal hygiene."
"To further ensure the health and safety of all aquatic center visitors, staff planned to continue regularly testing the pool as usual.