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Pool openings are not essential in New York State. Here's why that's a health issue

Posted at 4:00 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 05:25:09-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Pool maintenance is currently listed as essential business in New York State, but opening a pool is not. This means that, for any pool owner, their pool will remain closed with the warmer temperatures on the way, leading to sanitation problems.

"Water that's not circulated, not treated, on a bigger picture can lead to more mosquitoes and other problems that can spread around," Dominick Mondi, Executive Director of the Northeast Spa and Pool Association said. "But on a personal perspective if someone has a pool that is not treated or maintained at the level its supposed to be, and continue to use it, there could be personal health issues as well."

The Northeast Spa and Pool Association, or NESPA, has asked Empire State Development to clarify the essential aspects of pool maintenance, hoping that openings will be listed. A main reason, they say that openings, while leading to healthier environments, can also be done with proper social distancing taken into account.

"You're talking about outdoor work, small crews and no contact with the homeowners," Mondi said. "There's a lot of opportunty to communicate when someone will be on property."

For more information on NESPA, visit their website here.