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Swimming pool water monitored by Internet

EQUIPMENT to transmit water quality data online has been installed recently at four local swimming pools in a test of real-time governmental inspections and self-monitoring, officials said yesterday.

Shanghai is the first city in the nation to adopt such a system.

The four pools using the equipment are at Shanghai International Gymnastic Center, Shanghai Stadium, Gezhi Middle School and No. 1 Primary School affiliated with Shanghai Normal University. Residual chlorine, turbidity and PH values are among the data monitored.

If the test succeeds, such equipment will be used at all swimming pools, officials said. Swimmers will be able to check pools' conditions at the agency's website and microblog, officials from Shanghai Health Supervision Agency said yesterday.

Officials said the technology was used during the FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai in 2011.

Since current standards are designed for spot checks, and competition pools' standards are different, a new set of standards is needed for continuous monitoring of public pools, said Xu Tianqiang, director of the agency.


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