More than half of water samples taken from Atlanta-area public swimming pools last summer had fecal bacteria, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday.
“Investigators found the gut bacteria in 58 percent of the samples taken from about 150 pools in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. They were gathered from municipal pools or pools at waterparks, apartment complexes and clubs.
“Municipal pools — where young children in diapers are common — were worst, with 70 percent of samples tainted.
“No illness outbreaks were tied to the pools.
“Proper chlorine and pH levels should kill bacteria. But health officials advise people to shower before the pool, and not swim if they have diarrhea.”
I was talking to my mom on Thursday morning about which water parks we could take the kids to when we visit Atlanta this summer. I was also thinking about trying to get a limited membership to neighborhood pool for our visit so the kids could swim every day. Now I’m wondering about this.
We have a pool at our house now but it takes a lot of work to keep it up. Michael is always out there cursing as he scrubs the sides or messes with the pump and the chemicals. But it is nice to know that nobody has pooped in it.
So does the new CDC report make you not want to swim in public pools? Do you ever ask to see the pool’s testing? Do your worry more about water parks, public pools or neighborhood pools? Is the work of a home pool worth knowing no one has pooped in your pool?