What happens when there is a known bodily fluid incident in the pool?

Township Aquatics staff follow all Texas Dept. of Health (TDH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for handling, controlling, and containing any and all bodily fluids. Depending on the amount, level of exposure, and type of fluid involved, the pool may be closed anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours. In these scenarios the required closure time begins as soon as the contamination is safely removed from the water. The most common occurrence is when a young swimmer has a brief nose bleed or minor ‘spit up’ event, and in those cases the chemicals already in the water will safely handle any reasonable exposure risks. If chemical levels are in question at all, the pool will be cleared.

In more extreme cases, the pool may be closed for 30 to 120 minutes while chemical adjustments are made and clean-up undertaken. The length of time depends on the chlorine residual in the water at the time of the incident.

In rare cases, a liquid fecal incident may cause the pool to be closed for the remainder of the day and possibly into the following day. The dangers of chlorine-resistant bacterial contamination take up to 13 hours to safely treat and may require further time afterward to completely clean-up.

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1. How do I report an unsafe situation or suspicious behavior at the pool?
2. Why do The Woodlands pools* have safety breaks every hour?
3. What is a "thunder break" and how long does it last?
4. Do the pools close if it’s raining, but not thundering?
5. Will I receive a “Rain Check” if the pool closes after I have paid to enter?
6. What do I do if I want to bring a guest?
7. Do you take credit cards for daily passes?
8. Where can I purchase season pool passes?
9. How do you define or verify residency in The Woodlands?
10. I don’t plan on swimming (or) I am only watching my kids, meeting family, etc. Do I have to pay to enter the pool area?
11. Can I leave the pool and return the same day, or leave one pool and go to another in the same day?
12. How old must a child be to come into the pool alone?
13. Can my child go off the diving board or main pool slide with a life jacket, or may I wait in the water to catch them?
14. What are the requirements for using the baby pool?
15. Can babies wear diapers in the pool?
16. Are the pools available for rental for private parties?
17. What is Red, Hot Pool Day?
18. How many lifeguards do you have and what certifications do they hold?
19. Are the lifeguards required to give me their name if I ask for it?
20. May I bring a cooler or food items into the pool?
21. Is alcohol permitted inside the pool facility?
22. Is smoking permitted inside the pool facility?
23. Do all pool facilities comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
24. What happens when there is a known bodily fluid incident in the pool?