20
Jan
2017
Pool Maintenance

Smells like Chlorine?


06
Jan
2017
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Go Swimming This Winter!

Looking for a fun way to stay fit this winter? Consider swimming in an indoor pool. Swimming provides a great workout for the whole body-core (including abdomen), arms, legs, glutes and back, according to WebMD. It helps increase flexibility and strength without taxing the joints, a welcome advantage for people with arthritis. And feeling buoyant... Read More »

04
Nov
2016
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Why Cryptosporidium is Responsible for over 80% of Swimming Pool Illness Outbreaks, and What Can be Done about It

Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that is responsible for the majority of swimming pool illness outbreaks in the US with symptoms ranging from diarrhea to death.  An outbreak this summer in Ohio sickened hundreds of swimmers. With that level of notoriety, it should come as no surprise that “Crypto” was the subject of much discussion... Read More »

26
Aug
2016
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Crypto Outbreaks in Aquatic Facilities

Over 250 people in central Ohio and over 100 in Arizona have been sickened in summer outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis, a diarrheal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cryptosporidium, or “Crypto.”   These parasites are found throughout the US and abroad, and settle in the intestines of infected humans and animals, making Crypto one of the most... Read More »

12
Aug
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Your Guide to Removing Swimming Pool Stains

The swimmers at the summer games inspired awe in all who viewed those exciting events, including the littlest backyard pool athlete who has dreams of winning gold.  Recently, the sparkling blue of the dive pool in Rio was transformed into a deep green, sparking fears of algae.  In fact, the color change was blamed on... Read More »

24
Jun
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Linda Golodner

How to Interpret Pool Chlorine Readings

Pool chlorine levels are easily measured by dipping a test strip in the pool for a few seconds and then matching the resulting color of the strip to a chart linked to “parts per million” chlorine levels. Here’s the rub: Some pool test kits measure “free chlorine,” whereas others measure both “free chlorine” and “total... Read More »

10
Jun
2016
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Maximizing Healthy Fun in the Kiddie Pool

Each summer, parents of toddlers and young children delight in introducing their offspring to the kiddie pool.  With its shallow water, plastic pails and inflatable toys, the kiddie pool is a haven of fun, discovery and social interaction for the youngest pool patrons.  Spending time in the kiddie pool to acclimate a toddler to the... Read More »

03
Jun
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Swimming Pool Water: When Clarity Counts

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report states that one in eight swimming pool inspections in five states in 2013 resulted in immediate closure due to serious health and safety violations. Is it any wonder that officials with CDC are asking swimmers to be their own pool inspectors this summer?  The agency... Read More »