Eighteen people, including twelve children, have been treated after a disinfectant leak at a Burlington wading pool, a City of Burlington spokesperson said Tuesday.
Six of the twelve children were taken to the hospital as a precaution, but police said the injuries are not considered serious.
Carla Marshall, a communications advisor with the city, said the La Salle Wading Pool was evacuated at around 2 p.m. when the city staff noticed an odour.
It turns out disinfectant had entered the pool at higher than normal levels, Marshall said.
“It has been determined that during routine maintenance, water levels had dropped causing disinfectant to enter the pool at higher than normal levels, but still within the recommended range,” said Marshall. “The levels have since been further lowered. The city is reviewing this incident to prevent future incidents.”
Marshall added that the Burlington Fire Department tested the air quality in the area, and it’s been deemed safe.
“The wading pool and splash pad will reopen once approved by the health department,” she said. “The city expects to reopen the pool tomorrow at 11 a.m. once it has been tested, inspected and confirmed safe.”