Here’s what to do about E. coli
The most important you can do for your pool and family’s health is regular water testing and keeping your pool properly balanced. Water testing should be conducted at least biweekly during the cooler seasons and weekly during pool season when it’s in use more frequently.
Proper pool maintenance greatly reduces the risk of several recreational water illnesses, because E. coli will be broken down by EPA-registered sanitizers such as chlorine if levels are maintained correctly. Therefore, inadequate sanitizer levels increase the risk for disease transmission by needlessly exposing healthy swimmers to pathogens that should be killed by the sanitizer.
By routinely checking your water in a routine water test, you can make sure your chlorine levels are the right level to kill pesky E. coli and other germs and render them harmless. Luckily, Poolwerx offers water tests for free! Give us a call or stop by to learn more.
Other pool health tips from the CDC
The CDC recommends that parents of young children take the following steps:
1. Keep feces and other contaminants out of the water.
- Do not swim when you have diarrhea.
- Shower with soap before you start swimming.
- Take a rinse shower before you get back into the water.
- Take bathroom breaks every 60 minutes.
- Wash your hands with soap after using the toilet or changing diapers.
2. Check the chlorine level and pH before getting into the water.
- Proper chlorine levels maximize germ-killing power.
3. Do not swallow the water when you swim.
The CDC recommends that parents of young children also take the following steps:
- Take children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes or check diapers every 30-60 minutes.
- Change diapers in the bathroom or diaper-changing area and not at poolside where germs can rinse into the water.