Nichole Hannahs

Swim Safely this Season

by Nichole Hannahs on May 24, 2013 at 6:39 am

This weekend marks the opening of pool and swim season.

This week also marks "Recreational Water Awareness Week." Water illnesses are caused by germs, swallowing breathing in mists or aerosols or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools. While pools get tested and are treated with chemicals, there’s one that can fight chlorine.

"There is one potential pathogen Cryptosporidium which is a spore form," said Sanitarian Jason Tilton. "It’s much more chlorine resistant then some of the other pathogens so it takes a higher contact time to kill Cryptosporidium then other pathogens."

Recently, Lake Isabella was tested for E-coli and came in well below the E-coli limit. To further ensure your safety, swimmer can also help keep water clean.

"If you are ill or have diarrhea please do not go into a recreational water area and if you have to change diapers wash your hands," said Tilton. "If you’re in a shower house kind of wash off the child before the child goes back into the recreational water."

Another tip to keep you safe while swimming is to not sit on the water jets. For more on swim safety visit the Health Department’s website.