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Most pool water passes inspections

ABOUT 96 percent of water samples from the city's swimming pools meet national standards although 89 pools were ordered to upgrade equipment and improve water quality before opening this summer, officials from the Shanghai Health Supervision Agency said yesterday.

There are 546 swimming pools in the city, including 293 that only open in the summer. These 293 pools are the key targets of supervision, officials said while initiating a new round of pool checks yesterday.

According to the newly issued hygiene rule on public venues, including pools, violators can be fined up to 30,000 yuan (US$4,762). Officials said pools are usually fined between 1,000 yuan and 10,000 yuan for poor water quality and improper hygiene. The 30,000 yuan fine is only imposed when a serious injury is caused, officials added.

By June 30, the agency had checked the city's 546 swimming pools and 927 water samples. A total of 889, or 95.9 percent, passed the test.

The agency said water quality is a major concern among people who go swimming.


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