Many Public Pools Are Contaminated With Poop

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Many Public Pools Are Contaminated With Poop
Wed, 05-29-2013 - 8:49am

Do you ever think about what is in the water at your family's favorite public swimming pool? According to iVillage Health, "Fifty-eight percent of pool filter samples taken from Atlanta area pools last summer contained E. coli, a bacteria found in human feces.

The report is a sign that swimmers often contaminate pool water when they have a "fecal incident" in the water, or when human waste washes off their bodies because they don't shower thoroughly before hitting the water, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And while the study only focused on pools in the Atlanta region, the researchers said it's likely that fecal contamination from swimmers is a problem in public pools throughout the country. The study did not look at water parks, residential pools or other types of recreational water." Read More

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 11:56am

Well, the "ick" factor is certainly high. I wonder what the levels were. They don't say. I almost never swim in public pools anyway, but it is something for people to be aware of if they do.