Donegal Leisure Centre apologises to families after pool backwash

A leisure centre chain has apologised to the parents of a group of children who fell ill after visiting the Co Donegal facility after wrongly claiming they had made a full recovery and been released from hospital.

Two children remained under observation at Letterkenny University Hospital on Sunday after “backwash” water was allowed into a swimming pool at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny a day earlier.

  • Original Article: Irish Times
  • Date: April 2019

The company said an issue arose where backwash – pool water contained in the filtration system – leaked back into the pool and caused some cloudiness in the water and gave rise to foul odours.

It said that in line with safety procedures, as a precautionary measure, the pool was evacuated and the emergency services were notified to ensure everyone in the pool was checked for any reactionary medical issues.

Six children, who were among some 80 people in the pool at the time of the incident, were admitted to hospital after falling ill when the water became contaminated. Most of those present were treated at the scene.