Waterbury Parks and Recreation is now requiring residents to pre-register online and take a digital ID photo before they can use city pools.
Recreation Director Victor Cuevas said in the past people just signed their name on a paper to enter the pool.
“We’ve had some problems at the pool and we weren’t able to identify swiftly who the problem people were,” Cuevas said.
The new system aims to make the pools safer in an emergency.
“If we have demographics and information about that particular kid like where he lives, who his parents are, and if he’s allergic to anything, that’s helpful that’s going to help us save lives,” he said.
In addition to the identification changes, children under the age of 12 are no longer allowed at the pools unsupervised.
Parent Millie Collazo already signed up her family up using the new system.
“It was really easy,” she said. “All you have to do is go online you just follow the link that it says, you just put in your information. It’s more safe at the pool now. And now the lifeguards can actually do their job and not worry about all the little kids are running around by themselves.”