Cryptosporidium scares in pool water have been hitting the news a lot more lately. It’s not uncommon for this to happen around the start of swim season especially when you are dealing with commercial swimming pools. When it comes to commercial swimming pools it is a lot more common than residential pools but you should always be concerned when swimming in pool water. Quite simply put, this waterborne disease (parasite) can spread when people swallow something that has come into contact with the feces (poop) of a sick person, such as pool water contaminated with diarrhea. The reason why you will see it more commonly in commercial swimming pools is that of the number of bathers and the fact that you will have a higher rate of children swimming in them. With that said, we want to make it clear that if you have a sick child they should never be swimming in the pool! At Clark County Pool & Lawn we are very aware of this waterborne disease and hope this blog post makes you aware of it, how to treat it, and the signs and symptoms of it too!
When it comes to dealing with bodies of water, some of the most common waterborne diseases are:
- Campylobacteriosis – which is a bacterium with symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.
- Cholera – which is a bacterium with symptoms of muscle cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Cryptosporidium – which is a bacterium with symptoms of diarrhea, stomach cramps, upset stomach and slight fever.
- Shigellosis – which is a bacterium with symptoms of bloody stool, diarrhea, and fever
- Typhoid fever – which is a bacterium with symptoms of fever, headache, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and an abdominal rash.
There are plenty more but these are the most common ones with Cryptosporidium being the one that is most commonly seen and the one we want to focus on. Most swimming pools are currently on a Cryptosporidium scare and if you want to avoid it you might want to think twice about swimming in a public swimming pool because even if the water is clear and blue that doesn’t mean that it is safe. Also, chlorine won’t kill this parasite! The only two ways you can remove this parasite is to drain the swimming pool or recycle it using Reverse Osmosis (RO).
If you choose to drain a swimming pool that would be an obvious way to remove the parasite but that always isn’t an option. When the temperatures are above 80 degrees you run the risk of cracking the foundation of a swimming pool not to mention downtime for your swimmers. That’s why at Clark County Pool & Lawn we recommend using Reverse Osmosis Mobile Filtration. We offer a mobile service that comes to your swimming pool and recycles the water onsite. The process can filter the swimming pool and allow your bathers to swim during filtration. Since the water level in the pool never changes, you can perform this process 365 days a year. In the end, you will be swimming in drinking quality water which is safe for everyone and it will also lower the following issues…..
- Calcium hardness
- Total Dissolved Solids
- Cyanuric acid
- Waterborne diseases
This service will provide your bathers with the best quality of water to swim in. It will also remove the waterborne disease which is the biggest factor. So the next time you’re concerned about the water you’re swimming in, contact us today so we can provide you with a product better than any other option!