The Pool Party
Every summer at Casa De Prado Condominiums’ the home owners complain about the pool. The biggest problem about the pool is there is no structure to how its maintained. Basic information about Indiana State laws regarding pools confuses monitors. Just having the pool open and close every day is a problem. Imagine a hot day and standing outside the gate, looking at the pool that is not opened. The cleanliness of the pool has come up. These issues affect the home owners of Casa their guests and are a constant headache for the board members. There are some possible solutions to these ongoing issues. Solutions like pay the current volunteers; establish a single pool manager of the pool; to send out keys to all residents.
One solution is to pay pool monitors who previously were volunteers, from the property owner’s fees to maintain and keep the pool open. It would be a combination of hired monitors and volunteers. This has worked in previous years. The president of Casa De Prado Home Owner Association, Ron Watkins, explained in an interview how the pool ran in the past (personal communication July 7, 2010). Watkins’s was unaware of Indiana State Laws for pools as well as standard pool operation sanitation practices. These could be useful in clearing up any legal miscommunications and health risks to pool goers. This solution makes the most sense.
This is not a popular solution with the community because of the expense issue. Yet, that is what the funds are for. Home owners pay home association fees for what the community needs. Having some structure would cut out the “no responsibility” mindset that is going on now. Paying to insure cleaning, monitoring of swimmers, to control water levels and document them is useful because it insures these things get done correctly. ”In the past we have paid monitors and offered gift cards; as an incentive to have monitors.” The home owners association is not set up for bookkeeping and payroll, according to Ron (personal communication July 7, 2010). There has been a steady decline in volunteers for the pool, leaving it closed frequently.
These problems can lead to serious health problems for the residents of Casa. The health risks that a neglected pool can create many Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI) Gastrointestinal illnesses such as Cryptosporidium, Shigella, E. coli and Norovirus, Respiratory infections such as Legionella, Pontiac Fever, skin, ear and eye infections caused by Pseudomonas, Staph and Bacillus. Being able to identify and inform people of what everyday things cause outbreaks like swimming while ill or with diarrhea, swallowing pool water, and poor hygiene (Beach, 2007). When the pool remains closed, no water testing can be done. Monitors need to be taught how to run the pool correctly. Reimbursing them to do so will insure that these outbreaks do not occur. The residents pay for maintenance; the pool care falls under this.
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