In 2013, around 80% of U.S. hot tubs and public pools in five American states violated safety and health guidelines. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it became very necessary to inform everyone to be aware of health-related risks often linked with poorly sanitized pools.
Michele Hlaysa, chief of the CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program, advised people to check on site or online for inspections results before using hot tubs, water playgrounds, and public pools. Plus, every person should do his or her inspection before getting into the water.
According to the health federal agency, their report included five states with the highest number of public swimming facilities such as Texas, New York, Florida, California, and Arizona. The agency sent health inspectors to check and review the facilities to establish if they violated any sanitation rule.
Unfortunately, the inspectors found eight pools that had severe multiple violations leading to their immediate shutdown. Plus, other five wading pools for children were also shut down after the inspection.
According to Michael Beach, the CDC’s associate director for healthy water, this situation is very critical because children have not thoroughly learned their toiletry skills, meaning that they might swallow the water or contaminate it, leading to diarrheal illness.
Poorly maintained and poorly sanitized swimming facilities have been related many times with diseases, infections, and accidents. For instance, CDC stated that according to their statistics from 2003 to 2012, 350 disease outbreaks occurred and around 4,000 people drowned.
Other violations usually encountered include not providing adequate safety gears to prevent drowning accidents in the pool and applying too little disinfectant below the standard amount.
After these inspections, swimming facilities are expected to obey the rules and avoid any future sanitation violation. It is unfortunate to hear that so many people who come to these public swimming pools to have fun are leaving with infections, diseases, and other health issues.
Plus there is always the chance for them never to come back, as the official data showed so many drowning cases. Hopefully, in the future, hot tubs and public pools will become safer places not only for adults but most importantly for the children.