Air quality at Lawson pool in Regina still a problem, parent says
Consultants' reports expected in February
A Regina parent of a competitive swimmer is frustrated with ongoing air quality problems at the city's Lawson Aquatic Centre.
For months, users of the pool — especially swim clubs — have complained about respiratory ailments and nausea after using the facility.
We are worried about the long term impacts on burning their lungs.- Michael Katz
In November, it was reported that chloramine vapours, which linger just above the surface of the water, may be the source of the problem. At the same time, officials from the local health region posted notices advising people not to use the pool if they have any breathing issues.
The city also hired consultants to examine the pool air and recommend solutions.
But Michael Katz, whose teenage son is a competitive swimmer and trains at the pool, said Thursday the issue remains.
"Here they are working out intensely six days a week, two hours at a time, four kilometres at a time for an average practice," Katz said. "And they are coming out with respiratory problems and we are worried about the long term impacts on burning their lungs."
The mayor of Regina said he understands the concerns being raised and said reports on the issue should be ready for public discussion in February.
The city has also tried to improve the air quality by closing down the hot tub, adding fans, opening air ducts and reducing chlorine levels in the water.
"We continue to do whatever we can to alleviate the issue," Regina Mayor Michael Fougere said Thursday. "We're not standing pat doing nothing. We've been working very hard and we'll continue to do so until we find the final solution."
Fougere also pointed out that the pool is meeting regulatory standards set by the provincial Ministry of Health.