Several Public Pools, Hot Tubs And Water Playgrounds Violated the Health Rules

First Posted: May 20, 2016 05:33 AM EDT

The Centers for Disease Control reports that there is almost 80 percent of the 48,632 public pools, hot tubs, water playgrounds and other places where people swim were dirty to warrant a safety violation. The officials are warning the people that some public pools may cause health hazard.

Recently, CDC just released a report that each year thousands of hot tubs, public pools and water playgrounds are forced to close due to serious health and safety violations. This includes contamination problems that can make people acquired sickness, according to CBS News.

Dr. Beth Bell, the director of CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases said that no one should get sick or hurt when visiting a public pool, hot tub, or water playground. She further said that is the reason why public health and aquatics professional are working together to get better the operation and maintenance of these public places so people will be healthy and safe when they swim.

The officials are not discouraging the Americans from swimming. In fact, swimming is a healthy form of exercise. They just want the public to be aware of the issues and do their part in keeping the public pools safe.

WTSP reports that the study involved five states with most public pools and hot tubs. These include California, New York, Florida, Texas and Arizona. They collected data from these five states. There were about 84,187 routine inspections of 48, 632 pools, water playgrounds; hot tubs and other places people swim in treated water.

The results showed that there were at least one violation and one in eight inspections incited closure due to health and safety violation. The highest proportion of closures includes the kiddie and wading pools wherein there was one out of five were closed after an inspection. The common violations involve lack of safety equipment, improper pH levels and inadequate disinfectant concentration.

Dr. Michelle Hlavsa, the chief of CDC's Healthy Swimming Program said that the environmental health practitioners, or public health inspectors, play a significant role in protecting health. On the other hand, there is almost one-third of local health departments do not standardized, inspect or license public pools, water playgrounds and hot tubs. She added that they should all check for inspection results online or on a site before using hot tubs, public pools or water playgrounds and do their own inspection before getting into the water.


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