Travis County officials have now identified the pools that have had West Nile virus activity. Test results showed that the majority of the afflicted pools are in the 78704 zip code.
Another person succumbed to the West Nile virus last week in Travis County, raising the death toll in the area to two. Officials have said that this outbreak is the worst that the state of Texas has seen in years.
The county has detected 108 pools that have seen activity from mosquitoes that carry West Nile. These pools are spread across 28 zip codes in the Austin area.
The key to avoiding infected mosquitoes is to make sure to drain all standing water to prevent the mosquitoes from breeding. Officials are urging homeowners to drain any standing water that they may have.
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New requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act state that public pools must be made accessible to people with disabilities. As such, chair lifts must be installed in all public spas, swimming pools, and wading pools by January 31, 2013, for ease of entry and exit.
This January 2013 date is an extension of the original March 2012 deadline, but many public pools are still trying to fight the order.
Public pools are against these requirements because the chairs cost nearly $8,000, and many pools will now need to hire lifeguards to operate the devices. This is a major concern for pools that do not normally have lifeguards on staff.
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The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department has announced that 24 public pools in the city are now going to open. All of the pools will be free to the public.
Nineteen of the pools will have the same hours which will be Tuesday through Sunday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The other pools will be open Tuesday through Friday and will be accessible from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The later hours are meant to accommodate families that work late and want to help keep their families active in the summer months. The pools will also be offering swim lessons as well as senior swim activities during the weekdays. Twenty of the city pools will close on August 20.
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