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Recreational - White Flag

Media Library - Parasites 2The White Flag for Leisure Facilities is a national hygiene/environmental award aimed at swimming pools, sports halls, gymnasiums and other indoor leisure facilities throughout Ireland. This award is based on the international 'blue flag' scheme and emphasises high standards in both environmental activities and hygiene.


In Ireland the white flag scheme is run by ILAM (Institiute for Leisure and Amenity Management Ireland Ltd.) http://www.ilam.ie


City Analysts have put together a 'white flag' suite for testing swimming pool and spa waters.


The table below list the microbiological tests that should be carried out on pool and spa waters on a monthly basis alonng with the recommended white flag standards.


 White Flag Suite- Microbiological Paramters

Total Colony Counts @ 37o C



Not detected in 100ml

E. coli

Not detected in 100ml

Pseudomonas aeruginosa ( spa pools)

Not detected in 100ml

Staphylococcus aureus

Not detected in 100ml


Not detected in 100ml



 White Flag Suite-Chemical Parameters



Calcium Hardness

Total Alkalinity

Total Dissolved Solids