As we shed layers of clothes and start shopping for flip flops, public pool owners start to prepare for the business season. As the pool season is approaching, the CDC began inspecting the local venues, trying to assess whether or not the pools are ready to be used by the general public. The report sends shivers down the spine of every pool-loving individual.
According to the CDC report published on the 20th of May, even though the pool season is approaching, the pools are not ready to be filled with people trying to relax. It seems that more than eighty percent of all hot tubs, spas, and public pools presented at least one safety or health violation.
Moreover, one in eight respective venues were immediately closed due to their high public health risk. The CDC only managed to inspect pools, spas, and hot tubs from California, Arizona, New York, Texas, and Florida.
The primary violation that they encountered in almost every venue was the fact that the pH of the water was improper. Out of 48,632 aquatic venues that were inspected, nearly all had faulty concentrations of disinfectant.
While it may sound like nothing, the results mark a significant threat to public health safety. If the pH of a pool is unbalanced, the disinfectants will not work properly, leading to the multiplication of bacteria. The same stands for the use of faulty concentrations of disinfectant. Too much disinfectant alters the pH that leads to the development of health-threatening organisms. Too little disinfectant produces the same catastrophic results.
Unfortunately, the report contains even more bad news. According to the CDC, kiddie pools were the most affected aquatic venues. Inspectors found that kiddie pools are usually the ones that get neglected the most. The CDC closed a fifth of all such venues after their inspection.
In 2009, the Census Bureau of the US established that swimming is the number one activity among children with ages between 7 and 17. It is also the fourth national activity during the summer.
Over the years, thousands of people got sick due to improper sanitary conditions at public pools. The most common affection was watery diarrhea probably caused by a strep.
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