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How Gross are Public Pools?

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How Gross are Public Pools?


Each summer, many of us take refuge from the heat at local public schools. And why shouldn’t we? The kids are out of school. Swimming is a great form of exercise. The beach is too far away. And, hey, it beats work!

But not everything about a trip to the pool is so great; in fact, all too often, public pools are unsanitary, and, well, disgusting.. Click through for all of the dirty details, plus tips on making sure your public pool is safe, and precautions you and your family can take. Be warned, though, that this stuff is not for people with weak stomachs!

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Why is pool water so gross? There are all sorts of parasites and bacteria found in pool water — and chlorine can’t kill them that fast, if at all. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that, in 2008, nearly 1 in 8 pool inspections resulted in the immediate closure of the pool due to public health and safety reasons.

Ew! What sorts of bacteria? According to the CDC,  58 percent of pools tested positive for E. coli and 60 percent  for pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria that can cause ear infections and skin rashes. Less than 2 percent of the pools contained traces of the germs Cryptosporidium, or Crypto, and Giardia, which can cause diarrhea, respiratory, eye, and neurologic infections, among other symptoms. Crypto is notoriously difficult to treat with chlorine, and is the cause of the majority of recreational water illnesses (RWIs) in the United States.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:48AM PDT on Aug 28, 2015

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5:19AM PDT on Aug 26, 2015

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8:30AM PDT on Aug 5, 2015

I love this article especially for the older pool systems in many communities that the public use. Thinking about the community cleanliness behaviors of people in general can not be monitored to make sure they are clean going into the pools, but the filter & maintainance of public pools can be.
It all comes back to responsibility of each ones behaviors and for the same good behaviors towards others.
Swimming in pools whether they are your own or public pools should be considering respect for all life and constantly maintained. We all know it Starts with children being instructed by parents and their parents instructions going back then good going forward to positive responsibility.
Of course kindly educating others about the facts as this article does gives us all our free will to choose to do the right thing for others and not as some do good just for them selves often taught by others negative examples.
Choices we make are reflective towards others but should not be forced by others but chosen by our free choices to be good and caring. That is part of the christian judeo foundations of the USA that countinues to change which is healthy. Also there are billions of opinions but like many different facts but love for others well being is like posting good advice backed by solid research verifications here on . Thank you.

3:44AM PDT on Jun 23, 2015

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7:39AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013


2:57PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Gross!! I always swim at the river or a friend's house anyway, so it probably isn't as bad there.

1:13PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Thank you Geoff, but the fact is you read my comment and felt the urge to reply.... my work here is done.

10:27PM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Alison A Very sad

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