Jump into Healthy Swimming This Summer

Small child jumping into pool

The kids are out of school, and the weather is warming. It’s time to start enjoying pool fun with your family. If you don’t own a pool, a public pool is a great way to spend some time in the water. Recently, there has been a lot of uproar on the news and social media about the new CDC report on public pool safety in regards to commercial pool violations and issues with the bacteria in the water.

There are more dangers in the water than you think.

Many places with commercial swimming pools do not follow maintenance rules. That makes it very important to stay informed about the public pools and water parks that do. Do your research before taking a dip.

“On May 19, federal health officials said nearly 80 percent of 48,632 water venues—including public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds—inspected in 2013 were found to have at least one safety or hygiene violation. Alarmingly, one in eight of these sites was closed immediately after inspection due to serious health and safety violations. That number was even higher for the watering holes meant for the little ones: One in five kiddie pools was closed immediately after inspection due to violations.”  – Newsweek article published on May 19, 2016.

What’s so gross about pools?

Cryptosporidium – a tiny parasite that is frequently found in swimming pools and other recreational waters. This short-lived germ causes stomach illnesses and can easily put a damper on summer fun. This germ can be resistant to antibacterial cleaners and disinfectants, including chlorine. Swallowing parasite infested water that is in swimming pools, lakes, or rivers can cause a person to become infected.

“Crypto is also transmitted by ingesting raw or uncooked food and beverages that contain the parasite. The parasite can also be transmitted through food preparation by someone with unwashed hands.”

Also, the CDC released a study in 2013 that found 58 percent of pool filter samples tested positive for E.Coli, a bacteria found in the human gut and feces and 59 percent were positive for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria that causes skin rashes and ear infections.

Had enough talk about parasites? Fortunately, there is someone who can help!

Did you know there is one swimming pool maintenance and repair company that services over 200 million gallons of water a week?

ASP - America's Swimming Pool Company is the nation’s largest swimming pool maintenance and repair company and is the industry’s leader, with over 205 franchise territories in 21 states. The owners and employees of ASP are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service. Whether it’s a commercial or residential pool, ASP is committed to making sure all swimming pools are cleaned and cared for.

If you need help maintaining your commercial or residential swimming pool, find a local ASP - America's Swimming Pool Company at ASPPoolCo.com/Locations.