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How Swimmers Contaminate Apartment Pools
A recent survey found that seven out of 10 swimmers reportedly don’t rinse off or shower before jumping in the pool, making for a potent stew of sweat, urine, invisible fecal matter, cosmetics, lotions, and sunscreens along with the chemicals and bacteria already in the pool water from other swimmers.
It’s almost as if swimmers are treating the apartment pool as a communal bathtub, assuming that the property manager has followed basic treatment protocols and that their bodies are clean enough not to contribute to the problem. But that’s not always the case as there are no national uniform standards for maintaining pools.
The Number One Apartment Pool Problem is “Number Two”
It’s bad enough that a 2012 survey found that 20% of swimmers pee in the pool. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than half of all public pools had tested positive for E. Coli, the bacteria most commonly associated with fecal matter.
In the study, the CDC sampled water from filters in 161 public swimming pools, both indoor and outdoor, in the Atlanta, Ga., area. Of those samples, 58 percent showed signs of harmful germs ranging from Giardia, E. coli, and Cryptosporidium parasites, all of which are known to cause everything from diarrhea to dehydration to vomiting.