May 22, 2013 3:03 PM by Janine Reyes
CORPUS CHRISTI -- The Centers for Disease Control has a report out this week that might make you cringe. It's about poop found in public pools, and it's more than just cringe-worthy, it can also make you sick.
Memorial Day is the official start to summer. The weekend many of our public pools open for swimmers. Have you ever wondered if the person swimming next to you is bringing more in the pool than you can see?
"There's also products out there - urine detectors, where if a child pees in the pool it shows blue or green," said Cody Green with Sparkling City Pools.
That can come in handy. What you really need to worry about is swimmers who think the chlorine is enough to keep the pool clean.
It goes beyond just not peeing in the pool. Swimmers who decide not to wash off with soap and water before they get in can actually bring poop particles into the pool.
The CDC's study of commercial pools found that swimmers frequently bring poop into the water. Chlorine can take minutes, even days to clean it up.
Swallowing or just swimming in the contaminated water can make you sick with gastrointestinal, respiratory, eye, neurological illnesses.
Cody Little with Sparkling City Pools installs and maintains pools he says you are safer in a private pool.
"Because you don't have the whole community here coming and getting in your pool a lot of times with sweat on the body and stuff, kids don't rinse off, they get right in there," said Little.
Wherever you swim, knowing what's in the water is next to impossible. That is, unless you consult the professionals with a sample.
"Take it over to Warehouse Pools let them test it, that's one option if you're staying at a hotel and you're like I wonder," Little said.
To do your part: don't swim with diarrhea, take bathroom breaks on the hour and don't forget to remind the kids and always rinse off before getting in.
But Cody's advice to swimmers, just make the best of your weekend. "I think if you think about that its just going to ruin your weekend," Little said.
The city tells us they expect big crowds when pools officially open on Saturday. City employees check the ph levels hourly. The pools are constantly filtering water.