And we may get to keep our pools

Because we all know what will happen otherwise.

A drought-induced ban on opening swimming pools in North Georgia this year could create an unintended public health hazard in your neighbor’s back yard, county health officials say.

The problem: a ban might prompt people to leave their pools unattended, turning them into havens for bacteria, parasites and West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes.

“I think pools should be exempt (from the outdoor watering ban), personally,” said John Gormley, environmental health director for Fulton County. “Or otherwise, all of us are going to be facing one heck of a mosquito breeding season coming up here.”

4 comments

  1. StevePerkins says:

    Uh yeah, because it would be crazy to tarp off an unused pool… like, I dunno… every single pool owner I know does when they’re not using their pool for awhile.

  2. juliobarrios says:

    I think only rich people should be allowed to keep their private swimming pools – community and club pools should be shut down.

    Rich people hardly ever use their pool, as it’s just a fancy decoration for their galas and cocktail parties, so the surface tension of the water is never broken making the evaporation of the water very slow.

    Community and club pools have lots of activities and splashing; constantly breaking the surface tension of the water allowing it to evaporate quickly. Plus some people will take water out of the pool, forgetting there is a drought, and use it in squirt guns and plastic buckets – spilling it all over the brown grass and tumble weeds.

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