Harrison Hot Springs Resort pools reopen after Fraser Health closure

The closure came after complaints from people who got rashes after using the pool

All pools are closed at Harrison Hot Springs until further notice, on Feb. 22, 2019. (Frank Klassen/Black Press Media)

The Harrison Hot Springs Resort pools are back open after Fraser Health closed the pools over rash reports over the weekend.

According to resort sales and marketing manager Eric Towne, Fraser Health gave the go-ahead for the five mineral pools to reopen Monday (Feb. 25) after the water was found to not contain rash-causing bacteria.

The pools had been closed Friday after Fraser Health received two complaints about rashes from people who had used the mineral pools.

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According to Fraser Health, the complainants described a rash that had symptoms related to a common bacteria, pseudomonas aeruginosa. The health authority closed the pools while the water was tested by the BC Centre for Disease Control for the bacteria.

While the pools were closed, Towne said the resort cleaned three of the pools as a precaution.

“They were drained and cleaned and new sand was brought in for the filtration system,” he said.

The pools were reopened Monday thanks to the test results coming back negative for the bacteria, which was the “most serious concern” for future guests getting rashes.

“The cause of the (complainant’s) rash remains unknown, but pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is the most serious concern, is ruled out,” Dixon Tam, seniors consultant for Fraser Health public affairs, said in an email.

“Fraser Health is continuing its investigation and working closely with hotel management in monitoring the situation.”

Fraser Health is asking members of the public who want to share information about previous visits to the mineral pools to contact Fraser Health through its website.

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