Falklands : STANLEY LEISURE CENTRE WATER SUPPLY CONTAMINATED
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 12.07.2014 (Article Archived on 16.08.2014)
Routine samples of the water supplies to facilities at Stanley Leisure Centre have revealed the presence of E.coli in the water.
STANLEY LEISURE CENTRE WATER SUPPLY CONTAMINATED
FALKLAND ISLANDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL CLOSURE
By J. Brock (FINN)
Routine samples of the water supplies to facilities at Stanley Leisure Centre have revealed the presence of E.coli in the water. Although E.coli doesn’t always cause serious illness, users of the Leisure Centre facilities will have noticed that the water was isolated over the weekend, and this was cautious measure taken by SLC staff whilst the results of the test were determined. The water in the swimming pool itself is not affected by the e-coli. The water supply was last tested in June, prior to the re-opening of the swimming pool, and no trace of E.coli was identified.
Upon detection of the E.coli, Chief Medical Officer Dr Beccy Edwards and Director of Central Services, Simon Fletcher, carried out tests to the water supply at the adjoining Falkland Islands Community School, in co-operation with Head-teacher Martin Winward.
The preliminary results of these tests will take 48 hours to incubate, and as a precautionary measure, Director of Education Annie Tempest has taken the decision to close FICS to students on Tuesday 8th July and Wednesday 9th July, stating,
“We are unsure whether these tests will reveal E.coli in the water at FICS, however, the safety of our children is paramount and so, alongside Dr Edwards, I have decided to err on the side of caution and to close FICS. Teachers will make coursework available to students for the next two days, whilst we await the preliminary findings of these tests. We appreciate the support of parents and carers at this time.”
“Although E.coli doesn’t always cause serious illness, on rare occasions it can cause complicated problems. Members of the community who have concerns about their health should contact KEMH on 28000 and seek medical advice,” explained Dr Edwards. She continued, “The recent spate of rashes amongst children are not linked to e-coli, so parents of children with rashes should continue to follow the advice given by KEMH over the past few weeks.”
The Public Works Department are on-site flushing the systems at both SLC and FICS to clean the systems, which will be retested following flushing. In order for this process to be undertaken, the water supply to FICS and to SLC should be isolated.
Director of Central Services, Simon Fletcher, advised that the dry-side of the Leisure Centre will remain open during the testing, “The Sports Hall and Cardio Room will still remain open over the next few days, however, the isolated water supply will mean that changing and bathing facilities will not be available to centre users. Myself and the SLC staff appreciate that this may cause an inconvenience and we appreciate the patience of centre users at this time.”
For further information regarding this press release, please contact the PR & Media Office on 27400.
If you are concerned you or a child may be presenting with symptoms of E.coli, please contact KEMH on 28000 and seek medical advice.