Recently, a member on my German Shepherd dog e-mail list posted that West Nile virus has become endemic in Phoenix, and he laid the blame squarely on man-made lakes on golf courses and on the ever growing number of private swimming pools. I objected to the latter, saying that private pools are sanitized with chlorine and the water is circulated and filtered. IOW, they are not scummy ponds of standing water offering the ideal mosquito breeding environment.
His response shocked me.
" There are numerous private residence that don't routinely take care of their
pools. This has become a major issue in the Valley. Bad enough that there
are both State regs and local ordinances to try and correct the problem of
pool owners that allow their pools to become mosquito breeding grounds
(pardon the pun). Local TV stations continue to educated people on the need
to talk care of their pools, and overhead helicopter videos show many of the
pools and their locations.
Is this true? You folks in Phoenix have to deal with helicopter fly-overs and video records of your private backyard oasis? Talk about invasion of privacy!
Those of us who visit forums such as this one aren't likely to have scum ponds, unless some disaster happened -- and then we're here to learn how to fix it. But his comment made me curious about the prevalence of dirty and/or neglected pools. I haven't seen any in my area. What about where you live?