Four months after Sher Kpor, 7, drowned in an abandoned pool at the Princeton Place apartments in St. Paul, Minn., the St. Paul City Council voted to tighten its laws regarding out-of-service pools. reported that fencing is now required around all outdoor swimming pools with a depth of at least 24 inches and a 150-square-ft. surface area, while outdoor pools that have not been in service for more than a year are required to have an appropriate fence and be free of stagnant water and debris.

“Nuisance pools,” which are defined as pools that have been out of service for two or more years and contain stagnant water or lack a fence, were impacted by the new ordinance as well. The city can now hire a contractor, at the nuisance pool owner’s expense, to make the pool compliant if the property owner fails to fix this type of pool. Read More