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The Dirty Truth About Public Pools May 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Humor.

Donald-Duck-DivingJust when we thought it was safe to go in the water . . . we find that it’s anything but!

The Gulf of Mexico is covered with an oil slick, thanks to BP, and many public pools may be no better.

A recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that public pools may be soiled by fecal matter and urine, especially kiddie pools and fountains.

Public pools, including those in parks and at hotels, also have high levels of sweat and sun screen products floating around the surface.

Makes me long for the days of jumping through sprinklers to cool off . . . moving water and lots of it!

If you’re going to be cooling off poolside this summer, here are a few tips to keep you safe from unsanitary conditions:

(1) Buy a pool test kit and test the pool water periodically for contaminants.

(2) Do NOT swallow pool water.  Ever.

(3) If a shower is available poolside, make it a practice to rinse off before entering the pool and as soon as you get out.

(4)  To increase safety for everyone, ask pool owners and operators to mandate showering for all pool goers.

(5)  Get Bill Murray to come sanitize the pool, Caddyshack style, BEFORE you jump in:

To read more:  CDC:  Look Before Your Leap Into Dirty Public Pools * Fecal Matter Common in Kids’ Swim Area

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1. Carole Waller - May 24, 2010

And how about those hot tubs? Yech.

2. nrhatch - May 24, 2010

You’ve got a point ~ the article said that 1 in 5 adults ADMIT to peeing in swimming pools. That’s 20%!!!

We need prominent signage:

“I don’t swim in your toilet . . . please don’t pee in my pool or spa!”

3. theonlycin - May 25, 2010

Eeeeek, I’m looking at aquarobics participants with new eyes!

4. nrhatch - May 25, 2010

I never understood people who felt they needed a shower immediately after spending hours swimming . . . now I do. : )

5. Dani - May 26, 2010

You couldn’t pay me to get in a public pool……ICK!

nrhatch - May 26, 2010

Dan ~

I am so glad you commented on this one. I needed a laugh right now ~ to dispel some of the negativity that has slapped me upside the head today!

If only the world’s worst problems could be cleaned up like so much “doo doo” in the pool! : )

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