Hong Kong government warns against swimming on full stomach after faeces discovery forces Shing Mun Valley pool closure

Government issues call for swimmers to keep pools clean following the unsavoury episode

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 February, 2016, 2:38pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 February, 2016, 2:38pm

The Hong Kong government has issued a warning against swimming on a full stomach after faeces were discovered at a pool in Tsuen Wan.

Shing Mun Valley swimming pool was forced to close today after the unsavoury episode, which involved a “small amount of faeces”, the government said.

The pool was due to re-open at 1.30pm this afternoon after a deep cleaning operation.

The government issued a press release calling on television and radio stations to make repeat announcements about the closure this morning.

A government spokesman also advised swimmers to use the toilet before entering pools.

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The spokesman said: “The department appeals to swimmers to be considerate and to keep our swimming pools clean.

“They are advised not to swim after a full meal and should use the toilet facilities if necessary before swimming.”

The closure comes after a spate of similar incidents at Hong Kong swimming pools in the last two years.

In 2014 alone, 19 faeces incidents forced the closure of 10 public swimming pools, prompting concerns that some Hongkongers might require educating on appropriate pool behaviour.