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July 24, 2011

Drain the Swamp: Some Daylife Pools Pretty Icky

Posted by Hunter

Ever wondered what might be in the water at pool-clubs like Rehab and Tao Beach? Well, you might be sorry you asked.

The Daily decided to investigate and discovered that just as you might have guessed, some of these places may be a bit less than clean. Urine, 'dissolved solids', etc...



Read archived comments (5 so far)
July 24, 2011 12:24 PM Posted by Jeff Simpson

Great story. The kind of story the city's dailies and alt-weeklies should be doing. Except the alt-weeklies live on daylife/nightclub ads and the dailies wouldn't splurge on a reporter going to five pools and getting lab tests.

Nice work by former reporter Melissa Arseniuk. Bet it won't take long for an LV daily to write up a "The Daily reports that Las Vegas club pools are dirty" story. Lame if they do that.

July 24, 2011 12:37 PM Posted by detroit1051

Gross is right. Couple questions:
* What's the role of the Southern Nevada Health District? Do they inspect and test all pools used by the public whether in a resort on in a municipal park?
* How did The Daily choose the pools they tested? Why wasn't Wynncore's EBC included?
* What pool testing certification is required of casino/resorts to maintain their licenses to operate?
* This is another subject ripe for investigation by local media. Where have they been?

July 24, 2011 5:26 PM Posted by Chris77

My problem with this story is that it gives absolutely zero context or points of comparison for the results obtained (except to briefly note that all pools tested BELOW the level of TDS that SNWA recommends draining a pool at - and again no context or explanation is given as to why the SNWA recommends draining at that level.)

The real questions should be:
-Are the levels measured below, within, or above the standard deviations of levels found in other (non-dayclub) resort swimming pools? Private swimming pools? Open bodies of fresh water? Municipal tap water?

-Does anything found pose any threat of potential discomfort or health risk whatsoever, to anyone who bathes in these pools for a given amount of time, or ingests a given volume of the water?

Simply taking random samples and then editorializing the raw data without giving any scientific context or conclusion, and without comparing them to anything except each other, is just sensationalism, hardly investigative journalism.

Without more information this is just like hearing that my keyboard has "MORE GERMS THAN A TOILET SEAT!!" without mentioning the fact that most toilet seats are practically germ-free.

July 24, 2011 6:15 PM Posted by Hunter

Since this went up, I've been told that at least at one point, the Hard Rock was draining their pool weekly.

I don't know if that's still true and if it is, it's odd that they didn't mention that in their response to the story.

Still, one more data point.

July 25, 2011 4:32 AM Posted by socalduck

To echo Chris77's comment, it would useful to know how the dayclubs compare on these measures with the regular resort pools, which in my experience can also get a bit funky, especially on a busy weekend.

I didn't realize that Wet Republic uses salt water. Is that true of the other MGM Grand pools?