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The Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Victoria (SPASA Victoria ) CEO, Brendan Watkins said "it is important for swimming pool owners in flood affected areas to put safety first". He also expressed caution about the draining of swimming pools.

“Draining a pool whilst the surrounding soil is saturated creates significant structural issues for the pool, plumbing and surrounds. SPASA Victoria recommends that pool owners do not empty flood affected pools. The best action to take is to consult with a pool industry professional - a member of the industry peak body. See a full list of SPASA Victoria members

“Water pressure under the swimming pool can cause the pool to "pop out of the ground and cause the shell to float like a boat,” Mr Watkins said.

“We strongly urge all swimming pool owners to consult a licensed pool builder or SPASA Victoria pool shop / service technican before draining their pool. Emptying a pool may also void the construction warranty.” Mr Watkins said.

Additionally SPASA Victoria recommends swimming pool owners affected by the floods take the following safety measures:

•       Don’t operate any flood-affected electrical equipment associated with the pool or spa until it has been inspected by a licensed electrician. This includes pool pumps and salt chlorinators.

•       Consult a pool professional to ensure pool fencing is safe and complies with regulations.

•       Add 20 – 30 litres of liquid chlorine to swimming pool to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Do this as soon as possible and arrange for the pool to be professionally cleaned.

Pool owners affected by the floods can contact SPASA Victoria on 03 9501 2040 for a list of SPASA Victoria members, who are appropriately licensed and qualified pool professionals.