Waterborne illnesses - Preventing Waterborne Illnesses in Swimming Pools
Some waterborne illnesses are caused by non-enteric pathogens. These pathogens or recreational water illnesses such as amebiasis, cholera, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, typhoid, and hepatitis can be found in poorly maintained swimming pools and spas.
Because of these potential health hazards, your swimming pool equipment and your water quality, should be checked constantly.
This is a daily requirement for swimming pools and spas.
Non-enteric pathogens that are usually found in poorly maintained swimming pools include:
Symptoms that are associated with pseudomonas aeruginosa!
Symptoms for this particular form of waterborne illnesses which are found in swimming pools and spas, are as follows:
Other non-enteric pathogens that are found in pools and spas!
When the circulation system for your swimming pools and spas are poorly maintained, non-enteric pathogens are developed. These include:
Swimming pool water care, is very important in both private and public facilities. Therefore it is our responsibility as pool owners and pool operators, to always maintain a high standard of hygiene for our entire facility. This include all locker rooms, restrooms, and shower areas.
Swimming pool water care involves you cleaning your pool deck and walkways at least once a day. This will help in keeping contaminants from entering into your pool or spa water. Additionally, maintaining good water quality and eliminating non-enteric waterborne illnesses, require daily swimming pool cleaning.
Proper swimming pool cleaning, means that you have to brush and vacuum your pool bottom daily. There should be a proper diaper changing area that is not located near your swimming pool deck. Never, never, and I mean never allow any of your guests to use your pool deck furniture as a changing table.
This is s serious health violation and can be a major cause for swimming pool contamination.
Waterborne illnesses that occur because of poor hygiene and poor sanitation!
Typically not all waterborne illnesses are spread from one swimmer to another. There are some recreational water illnesses that occur because of poor water quality. This is simply due to poor pool sanitation and improper personal hygiene.
Otitis externa, commonly known as swimmer's ear is an infection of the outer ear canal. This infection causes the ear to become very inflamed and very sensitive. This condition could make turning your head very painful.
Swimmer's ear can be brought on by a number of micro organisms, including pseudomonas aeruginosa. Otitis is more common with young children and younger adults. Although Otitis externa can be treated with antibiotics, proper disinfectant levels in your swimming pool will control the outbreaks.
Now a days, most modernized swimming pool facilities use a polyoluminium chloride flocculate.
This pool chemical when added to your pool circulation (before the filter, will provide another form of defense against pathogens.
Especially the dreaded cryptosporidium. Whenever you use this type of flocculate, the top of your pool filter bed becomes coated.
Because of this coating, the tiny disease causing bacteria are captured and removed during your backwashing (filter cleaning) cycle. This is the only way to properly manage the risks of swimming pool contamination caused by micro organisms. Hence eliminating any severe waterborne illnesses.
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