Keeping pools maintained to protect the public

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tuesday two local governing bodies dealt with the topic of neglected pools.

Pools are typically thought of as an amenity any property owner would be proud to share with their friends and family.

When properly cared for, they provide respite from the relentless summer heat.

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The problem is that when neglected, the water is left to stagnate, becoming a breeding ground for any number of animals and pests, worst of all mosquitos.

In Poplarville there were reports of turtles and other animals taking up residence in a pool left untended. It was also reported to have become a breeding ground for mosquitos.

Picayune appears to have the same problem, with two separate pools.

While it’s unclear if these properties are left unkempt due to being uninhabited, or if the residents simply fell behind in the maintenance; it is clear that city officials will work to clean up an area that has become a haven for breeding insects capable of spreading dangerous and deadly diseases.

A pool is a costly investment. It requires heavy time consumption in skimming and vacuuming, as well as regular purchases of expensive chemicals to maintain pristine water quality. 

We commend the members of both city governments for ensuring their residents are protected from the dangers associated with allowing a pool to fall into a state of disrepair.

Pools are not the only areas where property owners should focus their energy though. Allowing water to pool in any container can create breeding sites for mosquitos.

This week the first death associated with the West Nile Virus was announced by the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The first step in reducing exposure to these insects is to cut their population. Additional steps include using insect repellant, covering arms and legs while outside, and avoiding areas where mosquitos are prevalent.