Some pools in Columbia have recently been shut down after failing inspections.
The Columbia/Boone County Health Department said it closed three pools after inspectors found broken glass, bottle caps and other sharp objects.
“It’s a public health issue being in the ground, being in the pool,” Andrea Waner with the Columbia/Boone County Health Department said. “You could be cut and not realize it, then there’s blood in the pool. So just there’s a whole slew of problems that could come with having debris like that in and around a pool facility.”
No pool or persons using a pool can have glass or breakable plastic containers in the pool area, according to Columbia and Boone County codes.
This summer, the health department closed pools at the Grove, the Domain at Columbia and Townhomes by Brookside. And the health department required the three facilities to drain the pools.
“I’m kinda bummed,” Domain resident Alex Jasper said. “It’s really hot out this week, so I wish I could get into the pool.”
Abc 17 reached out to all three complexes to see what the management is doing about the closures. Brookside spokesperson Jack Cardetti said the complex has signs posted saying no glass is allowed in the pool area. Cardetti said Brookside staff memberes also regularly check on people by the pool. And the lease all tenants are required to sign clearly states glass is prohibited.
The Domain also has signs posted saying glass is not allowed by the pool, Jasper said. He said he is disappointed others broke the rules, ruining it for everyone else.
“It’s one of those things that you should probably take it upon yourself not to, but at the same time just be responsible,” Jasper said. “You know there are rules. So, I really wish I could go in the pool. It’s really hot.”
Jasper said the Domain staff has not told residents when the pool is expected to reopen. But the health department said the pools will not be shut down for the whole summer. Once the facilities drain and clean the pools, they can have the pools reinspected and open back up to the public.
This is also prompting other apartment complexes to send out notices to residents about keeping glass away from the pools.