All sorts of things can go wrong with swimming pool water for any number of different reasons. Things can get out of hand very quickly if you don’t know what you’re doing. However, there is one key variable that can have a dramatic influence on the quality of your pool water. Get this issue right,
Tag: Biological Pollution
Chemical or Microbiological Contamination Outbreaks A chemical or microbiological outbreak has occurred if more than two people have symptoms from the same source at roughly the same time. Written procedures are needed for dealing with an outbreak and included as part of the EAP (Emergency Action Plan) section of the PSOP (Pool Safety Operating Procedures).
If a pool is contaminated with faeces, the pool operator must decide quickly on an appropriate course of action in order to prevent any possible illness in users. This is particularly important with diarrhoea, which may contain the chlorine-resistant organism cryptosporidium (‘crypto’). So it is crucial to be prepared. It is also important to do everything
The most common infections spread in pools and spas are gastrointestinal (e.g. cryptosporidium and viruses) and skin rashes (bacteria mainly). Blood and vomit are unlikely to cause illness, because they are less likely to be infected than faeces and skin and pool disinfectants should kill any bugs that there are, provided disinfectant residuals and pH values
Physical Pollution Physical pollution is one of the three main categories of pollution that concerns pool plant operators (the other two being chemical and biological). Physical pollution is made up of contaminants that do not dissolve in the water: Dirt Grit Sand Plasters Lighter physical pollution will float on the surface of the water, where
Back in 2016, it was reported that a leisure centre user had contracted legionnaires disease after using the facilities at Walton-on-the-Naze Lifestyles Sports Centre. It’s now recently been reported that the local authority responsible for the facility is to be prosecuted, presumably for failures with their control measures. Legionella can multiply in water between 20
Operate a commercial hot tub or spa pool? Stop what you’re doing and to read this article. Back in 2012 there was an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Fenton, Stoke on Trent. The point source was a hot tub at a discount warehouse operated by a company called JTF. 21 people became ill and three