31
Dec
2015
Drinking Water

Meet the Water Quality & Health Council


18
Sep
2015
Pool Maintenance
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

How to Drain a Residential Swimming Pool

Summer’s nearly over and many backyard swimming pool owners will soon undertake their annual “pool draining ritual.” Draining the water helps prevent damage to pools in geographic areas subject to freeze-thaw cycles. This article provides information to help you drain your pool responsibly. What’s the Big Deal? It’s easy enough to fill your pool with... Read More »

07
Aug
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Bob G. Vincent

What to do about Bird (and Other) Droppings in the Swimming Pool

There’s nothing like a swim in an outdoor pool in beautiful summer weather. As the open air is the domain of nature’s flying creatures, however, the occasional splat of bird droppings in the pool is to be expected. What, if anything, needs to be done about bird droppings in the pool? According to the US... Read More »

19
Jun
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD, and Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Swimming Pools Myths Busted over the Airwaves

We recently completed our annual Healthy Pools “radio media tour” of 23 radio stations across the US, during which we dispelled common swimming pool myths and promoted tips on staying healthy in the pool this summer.  Here are some highlights from the tour: Myth:  There is a dye that is used to identify swimmers who... Read More »

12
Jun
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality Health Council

Saluting Our Fallen Heroes with Swimming Lessons for Children

Swimming is a skill that can provide endless enjoyment, help keep you fit, and even save your life.  As a group of public health and safety professionals, we have been strong proponents of healthy swimming for nearly 25 years.  We believe all children should learn to swim, and that is why we are so impressed... Read More »

29
May
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

Safe Fun in the Kiddie Pool

Kiddie pools can bring hours of delight to young children on a hot summer day. But unlike larger pools, small plastic and inflatable kiddie pools are normally not equipped with water filters or treated with chemicals that remove germs and balance pH. Add to this the fact that hygiene is not a strong suit of the kiddie pool set, and a few helpful tips are in order for safe fun in the kiddie pool:... Read More »

22
May
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Bob G. Vincent

Sharing Only the Fun in the Pool

For many, a refreshing dip in the pool is a welcome rite of summer. With this “rite” come swimmer responsibilities.  To mark this year’s Healthy and Safe Swimming Week1, we explore the topic of swimmer hygiene.  Warning:  this discussion is somewhat graphic, but it is meant only to encourage healthy swimming. Swimmers Affect Pool Water... Read More »

19
May
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Experts Clear the Water on the Colorful Myths Associated With Peeing in the Pool

As the swimming season kicks off, health experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Water Quality and Health Council and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) have teamed up to launch a campaign to stop people from peeing in the pool. To do so, they are busting a couple of colorful myths associated with this clandestine activity.... Read More »