If public swimming pools are struck by a scourge of floating fecal matter this summer, rest assured the Leisure and Cultural Services Department is well prepared. Under detailed new departmental guidelines released yesterday, once a swimmer reports any suspected faeces in a pool, a pool supervisor will despatch a staff member to escort the swimmer to pinpoint its exact location 'for immediate, thorough inspection'. 'This arrangement will increase the transparency in the handling of cases,' the department says. 'The supervisor attending the scene will use a loudhailer to inform other swimmers in the affected pool about the complaint received. The swimmers will also be asked as to whether they have seen any suspected faeces. 'If it is confirmed that there is faeces in the pool, the venue staff will follow the existing guidelines to handle contamination of public swimming pool water by faeces and direct all swimmers in the affected pool to other unaffected pool facilities. 'The swimming pool concerned will then be closed temporarily, while the venue staff remove the faeces, using appropriate tools.' But if no evidence is found and no other swimmers can give further information to confirm the case, the pool in question will remain open. There have been at least two cases of faeces found in Kowloon Park pools since April. It is suspected they were left by children. No culprit has been caught. A department spokesman said people should not treat swimming pools like toilets. 'Public swimming pools are our facilities and it is of utmost importance that all users keep them clean,' he said. A person fouling the water of pools is liable to a maximum penalty of $2,000 and 14 days' jail.