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How Gross are Public Pools?

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How did it get there? Oh come on, you know how! These germs are from all of our behinds, children and adults alike — the average person has about .14 grams of fecal matter on them at any given time, including in the pool.  People with diarrhea are major culprits.

Will I get sick? Though the statistics on contaminating pools are startling, the CDC study does not look at whether the germs are actually alive, and thus have the ability to infect you. Most of the time, they don’t — there are just a few thousand cases each year. That comes with the caveat, though, that it’s very likely that a significant number of cases probably  go unreported.

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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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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

4:27AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

How Gross are Public Pools?
Do we really need to go into details?
Just think for a moment and realize the same water that is touching and soaking someones privates is going into peoples mouths, and then more.....OMG!!

1:14PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

YUCK! I'd rather cool myself off with a nice, tepid shower instead!

12:46PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

For 3 years I've had an ECOsmarte system which is copper ionization (NASA technology). No chlorine or salt generated chlorine. The copper electrode in the unit is an algaecide, bactericide & kills viruses (runs at 0.4-0.7 ppm [EPA drinking water levels are 1.35ppm max]). The titanium/ platinum electrode gives your water a non-chlorine shock every time your pool pump runs. And it runs at a neutral pH (7). I could drink my pool water and we water our plants with the backwash from my filter! No more toxic fumes, headaches, itchy skin, red eyes, green hair or ruined bathing suits! Learn more at

1:29PM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Thanks for the article.

8:18AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013


4:05AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Thank you very much for the infos.

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