I use a HOA Community pool….pool maintenance done 2x a week by outside
pool company….babies in diapers use this pool …is this sanitary?
will secondary fecses and urine be harmful….how is water quality monitored? Can I test the water? how? safe levels? Should pool be closed to swimmers if tested positive due to secondary baby waste? How would the pool be brought back to pristine condition?

ThankYou for your help, Jim


Absolutely you should test the water. The two key parameters are free chlorine and pH. Free chlorine should be about 1 to 3 ppm, but not greater than about 5 ppm. The pH should be between 7.2 and 7.8. If there is a problem from fecal contamination it will require at least 24 hours to remedy. The solution is typically a very high chlorine level for at least that amount of time plus however long it takes for the level to come down to a safe, swimmable level.

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