Pools in Vancouver parks could see chlorine levels capped.
Vancouver park commissioner Trevor Loke has a motion to cap the level of chlorine at 1.5 parts per million and make secondary sanitization systems mandatory using ozone or ultra-violet technologies.
The B.C. Health Act requires all pools maintain 0.5 parts per million of chlorine to kill harmful bacteria.
“I would like to see a day where swimmers in Vancouver no longer have to worry about red eyes, coughing and irritated throats after a swim,” Loke said in a release.
The motion will be heard at Monday night’s park board meeting.
While no pools operate chlorine-free, the popular Kitsilano saltwater pool proved to be a preferred destination in Sunday’s heat.
Local resident Robin Eyford said she chooses the saltwater pool at Kits over others “any day”.
Her daughter also attends swimming lessons at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre and says the smell of chlorine is overpowering.
She also began noticing her daughter develop an allergic reaction to the water.
“Our daughter would start sneezing after her lessons,” said Eyford. “We gave her Benadryll and after that, she was fine.”
Respiratory-related illnesses are listed as one of the reasons for putting forward the motion, but the main concern for Eyford is sanitation.
“We get that you need to use chlorine,” she said. “Accidents happen in pools and they need to be dealt with … If they change it, the water needs to stay clean and be safe – bottom line.”