Local Swimming Pools And The Dangers They Possess
Did you know that while you’re enjoying one of your favorite recreational summer, you and your family may be at risk for picking up harmful bacteria? It is well aware swimming pools are commonly used in this nation and are provided by local gyms, neighborhoods, YMCA’s, water parks, and apartment complexes. All public pools are required by code to follow certain operations in keeping their features up to regulation standards; however, many seem to slack off. “A facility which manages or operates a public swimming pool is required to have on staff, a certified pool operator and to follow requirements in checking, maintaining, and assuring adequate chlorine and pH levels.” (The Jere Beasley Report)
With all these regulations and modifications to swimming pool care one would think the water their child is splashing in would be clean and safe. However, bacteria are located in every swimming pool and are introduced in the water by environmental conditions, other swimmers, and by animals. Factors that enhance the number of bacteria is contributed by UV rays from the sun and the number of occupants in the pool.
Appropriate chlorine and pH levels in a swimming pool are a must in order for participants to be safe. However, if operators fail to run proper testing procedures, swimmers may be exposed to Cryptosporidium, Escherichiqa coli (e.coli), and many other dangerous bacteria. Those in contact with the bacteria may become nauseous and experience vomiting, diarrhea, or potentially worse conditions such as kidney failure. Reports suggest that the elderly and children seem to be at the greatest risk of picking up bacteria from contaminated swimming pools.
Many reports have been linked with gastrointestinal upset and the contamination of unkempt swimming facilities with one firm recently settling a suit of two children developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) at their local city’s splash park. Further investigation found other children developing issues after swimming at the facility forcing the municipality to check its water quality regularly and changing their cleaning procedures.
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