Olhão: Legionella outbreak closes swimming pools and changing rooms at the Municipal Stadium

Olhão Chamber informed this Monday

Photo: Olhão City Council

An outbreak of legionella in Olhão forced the temporary closure of the Stadium's changing rooms and the Municipal Swimming Pools, the municipality reported this Monday, November 6th. 

In a note sent to newsrooms, the Chamber of Olhão clarifies that «following the monitoring procedure, by an independent company, in the hot sanitary waters of municipal public sports facilities, signs of the development of legionella culture were detected».

Thus, the Municipality of Olhão ordered the immediate temporary closure of the changing rooms of these two facilities, «so that the necessary procedures for their eradication could be carried out, namely through thermal and chemical shocks aimed at controlling the spread».

With regard to the Municipal Stadium, the results of the last counter-analysis carried out are awaited, which will dictate, if negative, the reopening of the changing rooms.

In the swimming pool complex, according to the municipality, «the procedures have not yet had the desired effect, so the Municipality has decreed, in conjunction with the Health Authority, the closure, not only of the changing rooms, but of the entire Complex, to make way for a deeper intervention, which may have to involve replacing the components of the hot water system».

According to the Municipality of Olhão, «despite the greater investment in financial and human resources and the maximum attention paid to this matter, the number of suspected occurrences and development of legionella cultures in municipal equipment has increased».